In keeping with its mission, the Education Foundation provides scholarships for extraordinary culinary students and endowments to educational programs.

2016/2017 WHA Education Foundation Scholarships

Last year’s scholarship recipients were awarded $12,000 towards their post-secondary education in the hospitality industry. We are ready to give out more money! Take this opportunity to access funds towards your upcoming career in the hospitality industry.

Qualifications: Interested in hospitality industry.

Preference given to ProStart alumni.

Click here for the WHAEF scholarship application.

Any questions contact Naja Hogander or 360-701-9923.

ProStart Student of Excellence Scholarship

Jamie Wilson from Tekoa High School in Tekoa, WA.

2016 Winner: Jamie Wilson from Tekoa High School in Tekoa, WA.

This annual scholarship offers $1,000 to one ProStart student to be used for his/her continued education in the hospitality industry. To be eligible, students must be nominated. Nomination forms must be received by the deadline listed on the form. The award is presented at Washington’s annual ProStart Invitational in the spring each year.

Brenda Marshal from Ferris High School in Spokane, WA

2016 Winner: Brenda Marshall from Ferris High School in Spokane, WA





ProStart Educator of Excellence Scholarship

This annual award recognizes and celebrates one of our outstanding ProStart Educators in Washington. Award winner is provided a trip to Chicago for the NRAEF Educator Excellence Awards, a term on the WHAEF Board of Directors for one year and $1,000 to assist with costs of their term on the Board.


Northwest Restaurants logo19028_tacoBellKFC_lg_lg

ProStart Mentor of Excellence Scholarship


2016 Winner: Jesse Olsen with Golf Club at Newcastle at Newcastle High School in Bellevue, WA

“Although Jesse is very busy with his job as the executive chef at the Newcastle Golf Club, he has still made time to help us improve our techniques and skills for the Prostart Invitational.  He has shown great generosity by offering equipment, ingredients, and resources to help us succeed.”

Becca Jainga, Newport High School Culinary Team member

“Jesse has been involved with my program for the last three years and has volunteered his time, experience, and expertise willingly.  Even with three restaurants and a catering department that he oversees, Jesse is available to us for practices, advice, critiques, product, skill development and even employment.  His easy style and insightful critique make him a great fit with young people developing their skill set.  The students respect his keen eye for detail and his vast experience in the hospitality industry. 
He asks students clarifying questions about their process and progress from the last time he met with them. He is patient and understanding about setbacks and mistakes, but make no doubt about it, his expectation is that it will be better next time. He sets a high bar in our classroom just like he does in his restaurants. He is empowering, open, and “real” with the students in a way that is refreshing and honest.”

Chef Instructor Tracy Green, Newport High School Culinary Arts

Additional Scholarship Resources


The Gene Vosberg Endowment Fund – The WHAEF is proud to announce the Gene Vosberg Endowment Fund, created to celebrate the accomplishments of the Washington Hospitality Association’s President Emeritus, Gene Vosberg. Help us honor Gene’s fifty years of hard work and acheivements in the hospitality industry by making a contribution to the fund. The endowment will go to the culinary program at South Puget Sound Community College in Gene’s name. To contribute, contact us here or donate online now!