The Ohio Restaurant Association Education Foundation (ORAEF) oversees the Ohio ProStart program which is a nationwide two-year program for high school juniors and seniors that develops the best and brightest talent into tomorrow's foodservice leaders.

By successfully bringing together industry and the classroom, ProStart gives students a platform to discover new interests and talents which opens doors to fulfilling careers in the foodservice and related industries.

The ORAEF hosts the annual ProStart Invitational which is a two-day culinary arts and restaurant management competition whereby the winning teams go on to compete at the National level. Annually thousands of Scholarship dollars are awarded to deserving ProStart students who want to further their education.

ORAEF is a s a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit foundation and relies primarily on grants and generous financial and in-kind donations from industry to fund the Ohio ProStart program.

Please consider making a contribution to our industry's future - ProStart students. Please contact Patricia Halper, ORAEF Executive Director for additional information.