Professional Growth


Achieve your educational dreams with an education scholarship from the School Nutrition Foundation! Professional Development Scholarships provide SNA members with funding for tuition and books for the following school year.

The following scholarships are available. Individuals may be awarded more than one scholarship.

Schwan’s Food Service Scholarship:

Since 1983, Schwan’s Food Service, Inc., has made an annual donation to offer multiple scholarships of up to $2,500 each.

Superhero Scholarship

The NEW Superhero Scholarship is funded by Bart Christian and will offer multiple scholarships to SNA members each year.

Nancy Curry Scholarship:

The Nancy Curry Scholarship is funded by Handgards, Inc., and friends of Nancy. One scholarship of $500 is awarded each year.

Who Can Apply?

  • The applicant must be an active member for a minimum of one year (January 1, 2023 – December 31, 2023), with the School Nutrition Association (SNA) and have a history of employment in school foodservice. If you need to confirm the SNA membership, please call 1-800-877-8822.
  • Currently employed in school foodservice as an operator/state agency (Industry and student members are not eligible)
  • Enrolled (or will be enrolled) in a degree or certificate program at a vocational/technical, undergraduate, graduate or post-graduate level in the United States in a program of study which falls into one or more of the USDA Professional Standards subject areas.

Please note that children of SNA members are no longer eligible to apply for scholarships. To confirm your SNA membership status, please call (800) 877-8822.

How Can I Apply?

  • The 2024 Professional Development Scholarships Common Application is not currently open. Please check back for updates.


SNF Scholarship Videos

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Your tax free donations helps SNF support scholarships, research, and professional development programs for the men and women who work in school nutrition.