The 2024 ProStart Culinary Team Competitions are rapidly approaching! Team paperwork is due by Friday, February 2, 2024. Please contact aparker@FRLA.org if you need the school entry form link.
The deadline to drop out without any penalties is February 2. If you drop out after the deadline this may affect your eligibility for the 2025 competition. Keep in mind, if you need to drop out of a competition, you may still compete in the other competitions without any penalty. For example, if you signed up to compete in Culinary and Management and your Culinary team has not been showing up to practice, you may drop out of Culinary and still compete in Management with no penalty.
As always–let us know if you have any questions!
The FRLAEF will award at least $50,000 in scholarships during the 2023-2024 school year. Each scholarship awarded will be in the amount of $2,000 and will be a one-time, non-renewable scholarship.
To be eligible for this scholarship the applicant must:
• Be a graduating senior who will begin post-secondary education in 2024
• Be entering a culinary or hospitality post-secondary program
• Return a copy of their OFFICIAL high school transcript to FRLAEF by application deadline
APPLICATION TIMELINE The application is now open via link below. The application deadline is Friday, February 2, 2024. For an application to be considered, the FRLAEF must receive the completed online application and a copy of the student’s transcript by February 2, 2024. Scholarships will be awarded during the Salute to Excellence Awards on March 2, 2024. Awardees do not have to be present to win.
COMPLETE THE FULL APPLICATION! For the last five years, each applicant that has returned a completed application has RECEIVED a scholarship. It only takes a few minutes, so please encourage your students to complete the process.
ProStart Pineapple Nominations–Closes Tomorrow
Anyone may nominate individuals they feel deserve this recognition using the following criteria:
-ProStart Teacher must have taught the ProStart curriculum at least one year.
– ProStart Teacher can not be a previous recipient.
The Pineapple Award recipient will be recognized during the Florida Salute to Excellence Awards on Saturday, March 2 at the Rosen Plaza Hotel in Orlando at 7:00 pm.
NOMINATION DEADLINE: Friday, February 2, 2024
STATUS NOTIFICATION: Friday, February 9, 2024
Each year, the NRAEF awards more than $1.2 million in scholarships to individuals pursuing a post-secondary degree in the restaurant, foodservice, and hospitality industry.
The Foundation also provides grants for educators and for individuals seeking industry certifications to advance their careers.
Since the program’s inception in 1987, the Foundation has awarded more than $26 million in scholarships to support the next generation of industry leaders.
- January 15: Scholarship Application Opens
- March 11: Application Closes
- April – May: Scholarship Application Review
- June: Scholarship Award Notifications
- July – August: Scholarship Claiming and Payments
- August 15: Deadline to Claim Scholarship
AHLA Scholarships Available
The American Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA) offers scholarships for hospitality students. The application is now open. There are two types of scholarship available: self-nominated and school nominated. AHLA offers $1 million in scholarships annually.
For more information, CLICK HERE for the brochure.
Scholarship deadline is March 15, 2024
TRAINING DATES (Please note this year, the events are not back to back weeks.)
June 11-14, 2024 UCF Rosen College of Hospitality, Orlando
June 25-28, 2024 Keiser University, Sarasota Campus
The FRLAEF will cover the cost of all Florida ProStart instructors who will be teaching the ProStart curriculum during the 2024-2025 school year. Attendees will be responsible for their travel and some meals.
Online registration will begin in March NewsBites.
Floor Plan Needed
A Florida teacher is attempting to start a ProStart program. The facility is approximately 16′ by 10′. She would love to hear from ProStart instructors on what they like/do not like about their facility. If you have a facility approximately the same size and would like to share your floor plan, please do so.
Universal Orlando Handheld Food Competition–Top 3 Selected!
On December 5, 2023, Universal Orlando, UCF’s Rosen College of Hospitality and the FRLA Educational Foundation hosted the second round of the Universal Orlando Handheld Competition. Ten teams advanced from the first round to the second round with all ten teams competing at the December event. The third and final round of competition will take place on February 5. Prior to the final round, Universal Orlando chefs will travel to each school to work with the students on their handheld item. At the end of the day, Keystone Heights High School, Miami Lakes Education Center and Ridgeview High School had advanced to the third and final round of competition.
Congratulations to Deltona High, Fernandina Beach High, Florida High, Lake Region High, Miami Central High, Pepin Academies and Winter Haven High for competing in the top ten.
UCF Rosen News
The Top-Ranked Hospitality College in the Country is hosting a Rosen College Open House for prospective students on Friday, February 16, 2024. Students and their families are invited to visit campus to learn more about the six undergraduate degrees that include Entertainment Management, Event Management, Hospitality Management, Lifestyle Community Management, Lodging and Restaurant Management and Theme Park and Attraction Management. Campus tours, class experiences and the opportunity to learn more about campus life and students support services will take place throughout the day. Space is limited and reservations are strongly encouraged. Students should register at https://futureknight.apply.ucf.edu/register/RosenOH2024.
With the 2023-2024 school year underway, FRLA would love to highlight our participating ProStart programs and your creative side. We know how much fun your learning experience is and want to show that off, encouraging others to join in and eventually, hopefully, join Florida’s hospitality industry! Here are a few tips and suggestions for you, and don’t forget, whenever you post, tag @frlanews and we can share your post as well. Keep an eye out for future updates on ProStart social media competitions too!📱
Be creative with your content. Here are a few fun possible content ideas:
- Come with us to class! (a video montage of a fun activity during class)
- POV: You’re in high school and want to be a culinary student! (or You’re in high school and want to go into hospitality!) over a video collage of footage from the class
- Challenge others to join ProStart …The top 3 reasons you should join ProStart…with fun footage or text/caption over photo/video from students.
- Hashtag challenge – create a fun hashtag
- Take someone through a full recipe, or other task
Most importantly, have fun and tag @FRLAnews!
Hospitality Industry Internships
The Hospitality Industry Internship (HII) provides the opportunity for Florida ProStart & HTM instructors to work in a foodservice/lodging establishment for at least 40 hours. Once the required paperwork has been processed, the participant will receive a personal check for $600.
To qualify for an HII, the instructor must teach the ProStart, HTM, or HTMP curriculum during the 2023-2024 school year. If you are already employed at a restaurant or hotel, you MAY NOT use that site for your internship. The restaurant/hotel must be a new work experience for you, not somewhere you have worked before or used as an HII internship location.
The applicant must secure a position at a foodservice or lodging facility where a minimum of 40 hours of hands-on experience is guaranteed. The host location may pay the recipient but is not required to do so.
The FRLAEF will award 11 HII’s this school year on a first-come, first-served basis. So apply NOW! Work experience may begin once the applicant receives an award notification from the FRLAEF.
Salute to Excellence Awards Dinner
The Salute to Excellence Awards will take place on Saturday, March 2, 2024 at the Rosen Plaza Hotel in Orlando. The awards dinner will recognize all ProStart Competition, Pineapple Award, Scholarship recipients and Hospitality Excellence Awardees.
ProStart instructors will have the opportunity to recognize one student during the awards dinner with a Hospitality Excellence Award. These students will be called on stage during the awards dinner and recognized with a certificate.
All ProStart instructors may receive a complimentary ticket to the awards dinner. Hospitality Excellence Award students receive two complimentary tickets, one for them and one for a guest.
Registration will begin in January 2024.
Complimentary Foodsafety Materials (ServSafe and/or SafeStaff)
Each Premier and Full ProStart program is eligible for free ServSafe or SafeStaff materials. Once we receive your ProStart Classification paperwork (i.e.. Premier or Full), you can order up to $350 of complimentary ServSafe/SafeStaff materials through a link we will send you.
Complimentary ServSuccess Materials
ServSuccess is a stackable foodservice industry credential. The entry level certification is Certified Restaurant Professional (CRP). Individuals must have 400 hours of industry experience along with the ServSafe exam to be eligible to sit for the CRP. No training is required but five modules are offered.
If you would like to take the courses and/or the exam, email Amy Parker to let her know and she will get you signed up for free!
The link below will provide you with additional information on CRP.