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The mission of the PRLA Educational Foundation is to connect and advance the Pennsylvania hospitality industry through community involvement, educational programming, and career development initiatives. The PRLAEF is a 501(c)3 and governed by a board of directors.
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PRLAEF

The PRLAEF is dedicated to investing in the growth and support of the Pennsylvania hospitality industry and its employees. The PRLAEF promotes and awards student scholarships and supports educational programming to assist with career development.

In addition, our Hospitality Assistance Response in Pennsylvania (HARP) relief fund provides emergency assistance to the hospitality community during times of need.

ProStart

Feeding Dreams. Building Futures. Developing today’s high school students into tomorrow’s restaurant and and hospitality leaders.

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Workforce Development

Explore the partnerships and programs fostered by the PRLA Educational Foundation to help employees gain skills to advance their careers.

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Donate & Support PRLAEF

Contributions support our industry’s current and future workforce.

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Scholarship Program

The PRLAEF annually awards scholarships to students pursuing their post-secondary education in culinary arts and hospitality management.

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PRLAEF Governance

The PRLAEF is governed by a board of directors composed of 11 leaders from all aspects of the industry. In addition, the PRLAEF has three committees that develop programs and support the Foundation. 

Education Committee

This committee directs the use of external programs, such as those through our national partners, to train new and prospective hospitality employees, as well as assist in the professional educational goals of the industry. It will partner with local school districts and post-secondary institutions to advance hospitality careers.

Fundraising & Scholarship Committee

This committee leads the fundraising efforts for the Foundation, as well as facilitates the creation and management of the Foundation’s menu of scholarship and grant programs. 

Workforce Development Committee

This committee oversees PRLAEF workforce initiatives. It is tasked with reviewing and prioritizing existing workforce development programs, assisting in the development of partnerships with local and regional community-based organizations, creating awareness campaigns to promote careers in hospitality, and providing expertise to staff.

ProStart

ProStart® is a nationwide, two-year high school program that unites the classroom and industry to develop the best and brightest talent into tomorrow’s restaurant and foodservice leaders.

From culinary techniques to management skills, ProStart’s industry-driven curriculum provides real-life experience opportunities and builds practical skills and a foundation that will last a lifetime.

AHLEI

The American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute is globally recognized for providing hospitality organizations with quality hospitality learning solutions. It offers a broad array of resources for your professional development needs.

Membership Has Benefits

Resources for Hospitality Businesses, Vendors, Sponsors, Students. Membership is for Everyone!