Feeding Dreams. Building Futures.
ProStart® is a nationwide, two year program for high school students that develops the best and brightest talent into tomorrow's industry leaders. From culinary techniques to management skills, ProStart's industry-driven curriculum provides real-world educational opportunities and builds practical skills and a foundation that will last a lifetime.
By bringing industry and the classroom together, ProStart give students the platform to discover new interests and talents and opens doors for fulfilling careers. It all hapens through a curriculum that teaches all facets of the restaurant and food service industry, inspires students to succeed and sets a high standard of excellence for students and the industry.
The New Hampshire ProStart program features:
Students follow a one-of-a-kind, industry-driven curriculum that will teach them fundamental culinary and management skills. Classroom experience provides students with a foundation of important skills that are necessary for success in the industry.
Mentored Work Experience
ProStart students are able to put their classroom experiences to work by participating in a mentored work experience. The mentored work experience provides students the opportunity to gain valuable hands-on-experience in qualified
food service operations, with industry professionals.
State and National ProStart Invitational Competitions
ProStart Students are given the opportunity to put their skills to the ultimate test by participating in the State ProStart Competition, which is held annually in the spring. During the state competition, students compete to win various scholarships, with the winning team moving forward to represent New Hampshire at the National ProStart Invitational.
ProStart National Certificate of Achievement
Upon completion of the program, ProStart graduates possess a solid foundation
for their future careers, and they receive the ProStart National
Certificate of Achievement. This certificate recognizes students who
have successfully completed the program and are eligible to earn special
scholarships and college credit from colleges and universities across
The ProStart Passport Program works with colleges and universities across the country to develop articulation agreements for students who earn the Certificate of Achievement.
Please view the National ProStart Collegiate Passport for details and participating institutions.
Scholarships for Undergraduate Students
The NRAEF is currently accepting scholarship applications for undergraduate students.
College seniors who will be pursuing restaurant, hospitality, or foodservice related degrees can apply for a 2017-2018 academic year scholarship at nraef.awardspring.com.
The application deadline for scholarship opportunities is April 1, 2017. More information on our undergraduate scholarships can be found at https://www.chooserestaurants.org/Programs-and-Scholarships/Undergraduate-Scholarships.
Teacher Professional Development and Grants
Summer Institutes Dates and Locations: The 2017 Summer Institute Dates and Locations can be found on the NRAEF website. More information on the 2017 sessions, including site details for each site, sample agendas for each Level, and descriptions for the Spotlight Series sessions (previously known as Level 4) are also available at ChooseRestaurants.org.
The application is completely online. Last year, roughly one in four educators was able to attend a Summer Institute through our Professional Development Grants for Educators (PDGE). More information and a link to the application can be found on our site at https://www.chooserestaurants.org/Programs-and-Scholarships/Professional-Development/Educator-Scholarships.
If you are interested in incorporating the ProStart curriculum in your culinary program at your educational institution, please contact Amie Pariseau at firstname.lastname@example.org or 603-228-9585 for more information.