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WRA Education Foundation Contact:

Connie Fedor
Education Foundation
Executive Director


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Chef photoScholarships

The WRA Education Foundation awards over $39,000 in scholarships annually based on future plans in foodservice, academic records and recommendations. Winners are recognized at the annual Celebration of Excellence. Funding is provided by the Foundation’s Endowment Fund.

Apply for Scholarships
Minimum qualifications for WRA EF scholarships are:

  • Accepted at a nationally accredited, post-secondary school, taking a minimum of 6 credits
  • Completed application that includes employer or instructor recommendations and school transcripts


Application Deadline: April 1, 2018
No hand-written applications will be accepted.

Endowments & Scholarship Investments

Any individual, company or organization which desires to establish a permanent scholarship in their name or that of a special person, are encouraged to utilize the WRA Education Foundation Endowment Fund. 

For each $10,000 invested in the fund, a $500 scholarship is typically generated to be awarded through the WRA EF scholarship program in the donor’s name. At the $15,000 level the scholarship awarded is typically $750, at the $20,000 level the scholarship is typically $1,000 and at the $30,000 level the scholarship is typically $1,500.

Once the fund is established, the donor creates a legacy and an ongoing scholarship is awarded to a deserving student in their name each year. Donations and contributions to the Education Foundation may be tax deductible as charitable contributions to a 501(c)3 organization for federal tax purposes.

For more information on setting up an Endowed Scholarship Fund, please contact Connie Fedor, Executive Director WRA Education Foundation at 800-589-3211.

Completed Endowment Funds
Aaron and Katie Guenther
ACF Chefs of Milwaukee
Aderis DeRosa
Adolf Brettschneider
Al Gagliano
Alfred Peck
American Institute of Wine and Food (AIWF) - Milwaukee
Apitz/Quinnies Family
Bernard & Maureen Schreiner
Chef Bill Dougherty
Chef Jeff Igel Family
Culver Family
Dick Kroening
Ernst Florsheim – Chaine des Rotisseurs
Fred Boelter
Heinz and Lisette Fischer
Herbert & Nada Mahler
Herman Leis
Kristin Leffel/WRA Wisconsin River Valley Chapter
Magnificent 7 Chefs
Manufacturers’ Agents for the Food Service Industry (MAFSI) - Wisconsin

Miller Brewing Company

Ron & Lillian Heuser
Ryan von Rutenberg
Ryberg Family
Society Insurance
Steve Sazama
William & Otto Brakebush
WRA Big Four Chapter
WRA Eastern Shore Chapter
WRA Green Bay Chapter
WRA Madison Chapter
WRA Milwaukee Chapter
WRA South Central Chapter / JoAnn O’Malley
WRA West Wisconsin Chapter

Active Funds in Progress
ProStart Endowment Fund Founding Donors - WRA West Wisconsin and WRA Wisconsin River Valley Chapters

Cousins’ Submarines
Edward & Susan Lump
Alvin & Mary Hess
RC Schroeder, Jr.


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The WRA Education Foundation vision is to advance professionalism through education, scholarships and community involvement to ensure the future success of the foodservice industry.

To support the non-profit 501(c)(3) organization with a tax-deductible charitable contribution, contact Connie Fedor at 800.589.3211 or pledge your support online.

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