Established by Missouri Restaurant Association, the MRA Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. MRAEF was formed to accomplish the educational initiatives of MRA. The Foundation's core mission is to provide ladders to successful careers in the restaurant and hospitality industry in Missouri and elsewhere.
The organization's flagship program is Missouri ProStart, an industry-based, two-year high school culinary arts and restaurant management curriculum. Missouri ProStart is currently in more than 100 Missouri high schools and career centers, reaching over 6,000 students annually.
Each year, MRA and its affiliated chapters award over 50 scholarships to deserving students to help with the costs of post-secondary education. To make a tax-deductible donation to the MRA Education Foundation, contact the MRA office at or click here for a donation form.