School Nutrition Association of Kansas

Awards & Scholarships

SNA celebrates members who work every day to ensure well-nourished students across the country are prepared for success.

Spread the word about SNA-KS and National applications and help recognize the great work SNA members accomplish!

~Click on the links below to open the applications.

State Awards & Scholarships



*Deadline has been EXTENDED to June 15th

Recognizes Local SNA Chapters in Kansas

SNA local chapters are the grassroots of SNA. A thriving local chapter provides training and professional development opportunities that will give members a chance to share ideas, successes and challenges together with peers in supportive environments. Chapters are full of friends and fun, give back to the community in a meaningful way, and advocate for school nutrition programs and work with school nutrition professionals on a local level.

Each year, SNA-KS recognizes the local chapters for their dedication and commitment to both the members and community, all the while, striving to accomplish SNA’s mission and focus.

SNA Chapter award winners are recognized at the SNA-KS Fall Conference each year.


Well-nourished students prepared for success.


Educating and empowering members to provide healthy meals to foster an environment where children achieve overall wellness and lifelong success.


Please submit this FORM to: Stan Vallis, President 5928 SW 53rd St. Topeka, KS 66610 or e-mail to:


*Deadline has been EXTENDED to June 15th

Celebrate AND share a nutrition event. This award is open to any SNA-KS school foodservice employee. Win one of SIX $50 awards to the SNA-KS Fall Conference!

Has your school sponsored a nutrition event that could be replicated in another school district to promote school nutrition programs? Please share your ideas! Is your school doing fun, interesting and rewarding activities for the students at your school? Did your school celebrate a nutrition event, a theme day, or celebrate Kansas School Lunch or Breakfast week? Apply to be recognized at the awards banquet at the SNA-KS Fall Conference and receive a $50 credit toward Fall Conference registration. Application deadline is May 31st.

Click HERE to apply


*Deadline has been EXTENDED to June 15th

The School Nutrition Association of Kansas Education Scholarship is awarded annually to school food service personnel who have an interest in furthering their career and refining their skills in school food service. The number of scholarships awarded will be determined by the funds available annually by the SNA-KS Board.

Applications are accepted for classes or courses taken in the CURRENT YEAR ONLY from June 1 of the preceding year to May 31 of the current year. Applications must be postmarked no later than May 31 of the current year to be approved at the annual June SNA-KS Board Meeting.

~Applicant must be a current member of SNA-KS.

Click HERE to apply


National Awards

Visit the Awards Page on the School Nutrition Association Website to apply for a National Award.

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

Each year SNA awards are presented to its outstanding members and state association leaders at the Annual National Conference (ANC) during the State Awards Ceremony and General Sessions.



All nominations MUST be received by Friday, October 27, 2017

Click HERE to apply

You are invited to help identify the five School Nutrition Heroes to be recognized in 2017. Help us tell the stories of school nutrition heroes and shine a much-deserved spotlight on the extraordinary efforts of SNA members.


  • Must be a member of SNA
  • Goes far “above and beyond” their job responsibilities to make an impact in their school and/or community
  • Have made or are making a difference in the lives of others
  • Have done or are currently doing truly extraordinary things in their school and/or community
  • Must be nominated by a member of SNA
    • Nominators may submit only one nomination for consideration.
    • Industry partners may submit only one nomination from the company.
  • Application must be received no later than Friday, October 27, 2017.
  • Established two shelters for the homeless.
  • Created a “Teen Kitchen” to teach students all the facets of gardening, harvesting, cleaning and cooking.
  • Developed an emergency food pantry on the school campus and forged a partnership with the local food bank to host community food distributions at the school.
  • Participated as a team leader in the Keep Every Youth in School (KEYS), a program where volunteers knock on doors of students who do not return to school in the fall.
  • Established a clothes closet in the school kitchen where students who could not afford to purchase attire for a school dance or for graduation can choose their dream outfits.
  • Raised money for the school nutrition personnel who were victims of Hurricane Sandy in 2012 in New York and New Jersey.
  • Worked with mentally challenged students to teach job skills and worked evenings with adults with mental challenges.
  • Began a “Sack Pack” program to provide meals for students on the weekends.
  • Started a charity to raise money for local food banks.
  • Initiated a scholarship fund in memory of her son who died at age thirteen with a brain tumor. Got someone in mind? The process is simple:
  • In 500 words or less, answer these two questions about the nominee.
  1. Why should your nominee be recognized as a School Nutrition Hero?
  2. What are specific examples of the impact the nominee has had on the lives of others?

Please note that nominations that exceed the word count for either of the two questions (500 each) will be disqualified.

SNA Member Awards

There is a SNA Award for every member type:

All nominees must be SNA members who are SNA certified throughout the entire awards process. All award nominations are due to the State President by March 1 of each year.

SNF Scholarships for SNA Members 

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:




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