Awards and Scholarships

SNA Member Awards

SNA celebrates members who work every day to ensure well-nourished students across the country are prepared for success. Nominate an employee, manager, and/or director you know to be recognized for all of their great contributions! 

Nominate someone you know for Employee of the Year, Manager of the Year, or Director of the Year!

KSNA celebrates its members contributions as well. We also have scholarship opportunities! Do you know someone who deserves to be nominated?

Nominate a Colleague You Admire!

SNA celebrates members who work every day to ensure well-nourished students across the country are prepared for success. Nominate an employee, manager, and/or director you know to be recognized for all of their great contributions!

State Awards Toolkit

Find tools and tips to promote the awards, judge nominations in your state and recognize winners!  

There are SNA awards to recognize every member type:

Individuals may be nominated by peers, staff, colleagues, or supervisors for these awards. All nominees must be SNA members who hold a SNA Certificate in School Nutrition or the SNS credential throughout the entire awards nomination and judging process.

All state, regional and national SNA award winners are recognized at the State Awards Ceremony at SNA’s Annual National Conference (ANC) each year. Award winners will receive the following:

  • State winners will receive a certificate and ribbon.

  • Regional winners will receive a pin, certificate, and $50.

  • National winners will receive a plaque and an all-expenses paid trip to ANC, worth up to $1,000.

KSNA Awards

Gold Seal Award of Excellenceawarded to schools who strive for excellence. Gold, Silver, and Bronze levels.

Under Construction & Revision

Helen Davis Marketing Hall of Fame – Presentation at state conference of great promotions/theme days.

Manager & Team of the Year – Award given to those individuals who have demonstrated excellence in management, service and accountability. (Not the same as the SNA Manager of the Year)

Friend of KSNA Award – 3 categories: State Personnel, Industry Member (individual or company), Legislator. Nominee must exhibit extra effort in furthering the efforts of KSNA, work with KSNA on Special Projects or initiated and completed a project that enhanced the effectiveness of KSNA and Child Nutrition, and attend KSNA Annual Conference or Legislative Action Conference (attendee or presenter.)

Administrator of the Year Award – Nominee must be a SNA certified or credentialed member with at least three years of experience, actively employed in a SFS position (District Supervisor, Consultant, Manager, Coordinator, etc.). Not for SFS Directors.

P.A.N.E. Award (Physical Activity & Nutrition Education Award) Award given to a school for successfully developing and executing a Physical Activity/Nutrition program or activity at their school.

SNA & KSNA Scholarships

Do you want to pursue a degree to take your school nutrition career to the next level? Have you always wanted to attend a national school nutrition conference? Could your school kitchen use an upgrade in equipment?

Scholarships and grants are available through the School Nutrition Foundation for active SNA members. Click below for details and to apply to:

To view a list of previous scholarship recipients, click here. For questions, please contactscholarships@schoolnutrition.org or (800) 877-8822.

For over 30 years, the School Nutrition Foundation (SNF) has been raising funds to provide scholarships to SNA members. Donate to the SNF Annual Fund to help SNA members achieve their educational dreams!

KSNA awards up to three $500.00 scholarships each year. The scholarship must be used to improve or complete a career program in some phase of food service. Applicant must be a SNA -certified or credentialed member and a School Nutrition Employee or a dependent of such an employee.

Applications published in the Spring issue of The Challenger or Click here

IAC Scholarship for Managers and Assistants - LAC or ANC