The Oklahoma Hospitality Foundation (OHF) is a charitable organization benefiting the restaurant, lodging & tourism industries in Oklahoma. As the philanthropic arm of the Oklahoma Restaurant Association, the Foundation enhances the industry’s service to the public through education, community engagement & promotion of career opportunities.

The Oklahoma Hospitality Foundation (OHF) is:

  • A foundation that was created to present a positive connection between school, work and future employment for young people pursuing careers in the restaurant, culinary and hospitality fields;

  • A foundation that assists students with scholarships to pursue degrees in food service and hospitality. Scholarships are awarded to high school graduates, undergraduates and students pursuing masters and doctorate degrees;

  • A foundation that developed student programs to cultivate a new source of talent for the hospitality industry through partnerships dedicated to emphasizing classroom learning, work-based learning and mentoring programs leading to a recognized national certification; and

  • A foundation that provides educational certification, professional development, food safety and sanitation training and certification, supervisory development workshops and professional certification courses from the National Restaurant Association.

The OHF has:

  • Awarded over $600,000 in scholarships to students through institutions like the OSU College of Business School of Hospitality & Tourism Management, OSU-IT and teh other culinary programs. 

  • Annually hosted the Oklahoma ProStart® Invitational, an annual culinary and management competition for high school students with scholarship awards and trophies; and 

  • Remained active in 30 schools and technology centers throughout Oklahoma, with over 800 students participating in hospitality related classes.

Be a part of the OHF:

  • Recognize employees at the Hirst Hospitality Awards.

  • Be a work-site for interns.

  • Conduct a tour of your operation for schools.

  • Do a classroom demonstration or presentation in a school.

  • Make a tax-deductible financial contribution to the Foundation.

  • Be a financial contributing partner for Foundation events.

  • Be a stakeholder in the hospitality industry by investing in Oklahoma's youth and the future success of the industry within your state.

  • Make the Foundation a part of your estate planning with the OHF Planned Giving Program.