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MRAEF Annual Scholarship Fund

The mission of the MRA Educational Foundation is to assist in the development of future leaders of the restaurant and foodservice industry.

The Massachusetts Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (MRAEF) was founded to help industry members continue to learn and grow, but also to help develop our future leaders. Due to the MRAEF's efforts, in 1999 the first high schools in Massachusetts began offering students the opportunity to learn about the restaurant and foodservice industry, and develop the skills needed for success through a program called ProStart®. Today, this program is offered in 23 high schools throughout the state to over 1,000 students on a daily basis.

Through this industry-developed curriculum, as well as internships and mentoring by experienced members of the industry, many students are now on their way to rewarding careers. Through the generosity of members of this industry, the MRAEF has been able to help many of these students continue their education in college. Since 2000, the MRAEF has awarded almost $700,000 in scholarships to 283 high school and undergraduate students pursuing careers in the restaurant and foodservice industry.

We welcome our scholarship winners to our industry and invite each of you to join us in congratulating them. Our students are recognized for their achievements and share how important these scholarships are to them below.

These opportunities would not be available without the generosity of people who care about the future of this industry. If you, your family, or your company would like to make a significant investment in the young men and women who are the future of our industry, please contact Bob Luz at 508-303-9905 or email

2013 MRAEF Scholarship Recipients

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