Scholarships & Awards



SNF Scholarships for SNA Members:

    • Achieve your educational dreams
    • Achieve Your Education Dreams with an SNF ScholarshipThe School Nutrition Foundation will offer multiple scholarships in 2018 to SNA members who would like to achieve their education dreams by pursuing a degree program at a vocational/technical, undergraduate, graduate or post-graduate level. Professional Development scholarships provide SNA members with funding for tuition and books for the following school year.SNF is now accepting online common application submissions until April 2, 2018! To find more detailed information and to download the Application Preparation Worksheet to start getting your application ready, please click here.
    • Attend national SNA conferences
    • Upgrade school kitchen equipmentWin 10 Pieces of Equipment for Your School District from Winston Industries Through a competitive grant process, the Winston Industries Equipment Grant provides 10 pieces of equipment from Winston Industries to one school district in need of improving its school meal kitchen facilities. Winston Industries works closely with the grant winner to determine its needs and help make final selections, as well as arrange delivery of the equipment to the district.To apply, you must:
      • Be an active SNA director-level member, who has been a member of SNA for at least one year
      • Be the person responsible for directing the school nutrition program of the school district

      The Winston Equipment Grant is now open! Only the first 50 applications will be accepted. Click here to learn more and submit your online application today.

      Scholarships and grants are available through the School Nutrition Foundation, the philanthropic sister organization of SNA, for active SNA members to:

    For more information and to apply for a scholarship or grant, please visit:

    NEW! Scholarship Opportunities to Attend SNA National Conferences

    In an ongoing effort to help members develop professionally, the School Nutrition Association (SNA) has donated money to the School Nutrition Foundation (SNF) this year to award scholarships to help members attend SNA meetings, as well as professional development scholarships for them to continue their education and take college-level classes.


    SNA Conference Scholarships will provide members with the opportunity to attend SNA’s Legislative Action Conference(LAC), Annual National Conference  (ANC), and 2018 School Nutrition Industry Conference (SNIC). Recipients of the scholarships will each receive $1,500 to help cover the costs of registration, airfare, hotels and meals. To apply for the scholarship, individuals must be current School Nutrition Employee, Manager or Director members, who have been members of SNA for at least 2 years. State Agency and Industry members are not eligible.

    Visit SNA’s Conference Scholarships page for details and to submit your application online today!

Art Contest’s theme this year is “Growing our Future One Bite at a Time”.  Their are 4 age levels K-1, 2-4, 5-8, and 9-12.









School District Owned Membership (SDM)
A membership that is owned by a school district (or state agency) in the name of an individual. This membership can be transferred to another employee in the same membership category if the original member/person leaves the district. SDM allows you to group all of your memberships together so that you can receive one invoice for all of your renewals once or twice a year (or as requested).The SDM is managed by a designated administrator within the school district (or state agency). SDM members still receive all the same benefits of individual membership. For more information, please visit: For a full guide about SDM, please visit:


SNA Awards Program

The SNA awards program is a wonderful way to highlight the outstanding and important work of SNA members!

Members and state associations are eligible for many awards and honors that recognize their achievements in school foodservice, leadership, membership recruitment and professional development.

  •  The  Employee of the Year  DSC_0123 award recognizes non-managerial school nutrition employees for the contributions they have made throughout their school nutrition career.
  •  The Manager of the Year, in honor of Louise Sublette rebecca cert recognizes school nutrition managers for the contributions they have made throughout their school nutrition career.
  •  The Director of the Year award recognizes school nutrition directors for the contributions they have made throughout their school nutrition career.
  •  The President’s Award of Achievement, in honor of Thelma Flanagan recognizes the commitment and dedication individuals who act as State President make to SNA, school nutrition, and the children SNA members serve every day.
  •  The President’s Award of Excellence  recognizes three state presidents each year who demonstrate extraordinary leadership by successfully implementing strategies that advance school nutrition programs in their states and who made the extra effort in achieving excellence in each of SNA’s four Strategic Goals.
  • Membership Awards recognizes state associations for increasing membership, attaining the membership goals determined by SNA, and achieving the greatest increase in membership amongst state associations. Each state association will only be given one of these three awards, Increasing Membership,  Membership Goal Award or Membership Division Champions.
  • Professional Development Awards recognizes state associations attaining SNA certificate program goals and achieving the highest increase in SNS credentialing.
  • NOW is the time to promote the Employee, Manager and Director of the Year Awards and get a plan ready to judge nominations you receive in the state! We are continuing to accept nominations online here: and will send you any nominations we receive for your state. Remember for most states the deadline to receive nominations from members is March 1st. Want to learn more about the resources available to state leaders and how to judge the award nominations? Check out the State Awards Toolkit at There, you’ll find a new, short 9-minute training for state leaders and all the judging forms you need. You will need to submit your state winners to SNA headquarters by March 15th. New this year! We also have created and posted a document online (and attached here) with “good” and “better” responses to award form questions to help nominators write great nominations and to help judges score the nominations. Examples were provided by members of the SNA Board of Directors. 
    Have any questions or need any assistance? Please don’t hesitate to contact me or Dionne Thompson at
  • SNA Awards- Good and Better Response Examples 

Grant Alert: School Food Support Initiative

Over $1 Million Available to School Districts Committed to Serving Healthier Meals

Greetings from the Chef Ann Foundation! We are reaching out to let you and your team know about a school food grant opportunity valued at approximately $192,000 that can help school districts in your state improve their meal programs and transition to scratch cook operations: School Food Support Initiative.

Launched by the Life Time Foundation, in partnership with the Chef Ann Foundation and the Whole Kids Foundation, the School Food Support Initiative has opened its second round of grant funding and aims to provide up to seven motivated school districts the technical assistance, strategic planning and funding opportunities needed to improve their operations.

Selected districts will each receive program services valued at approximately $192,000 (dependent on district size), including:

  • Program implementation by a team of renowned school food experts:
    • Chef Ann Cooper, an internationally recognized chef, educator and advocate of healthy food for all children, and Food Service Director of Boulder Valley School District
    • Chef Beth Collins, a School Food Systems Consultant and Director of Operations for the Chef Ann Foundation
  • A one and a half day intensive workshop for Food Service Directors at Boulder Valley School District, focused on human resources, finance, procurement, menu planning, facilities and community engagement
  • On-site assessment and technical assistance
  • Report of assessment findings and recommendations
  • On-site debrief and strategic planning based on assessment findings
  • Twenty hours of technical assistance and peer-to-peer collaboration
  • Ongoing peer-to-peer collaboration for best practices, sharing and support through the Life Time Foundation Collaborative
  • The opportunity to apply for a one-time $50,000 systems grant that is designed to support implementing sustainable, healthy food recommendations based on the assessment

For more information, including district eligibility criteria, please visit the School Food Support Initiative webpage. We encourage you to forward this email to the school district food service teams in your state and encourage them to apply for the grant. Should you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at All the best, Chef Ann Foundation Team






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