SNA Awards

SNA Awards Program

Through the SNA Awards Program, SNA celebrates and recognizes every-day heroes: school nutrition professionals who work every day to ensure well-nourished students across the country are prepared for success!  The SNA Awards Program has been revamped and now features easy-to-understand names, new prizes, streamline rules, and for the  first time ever, you can now nominate a deserving colleague online.  Awards include:

Nominations are due online or to the State Awards Contact by March 1.  Find out more and nominate someone you know at

Vickie Cantrell, Food Service Director, Logan Rogersville School District was selected as the MSNA 2020 State Director of the Year!  Congratulations Vickie!

Missy Hanner, Manager, Lee’s Summit R-VII School District was selected as MSNA 2020 State Manager of the Year!  Congratulations Missy!

3% Participation Increase

Due to Covid-19 and the early school closings, use the months September 2019 through February 2020 to do the calculations.  The submission date has been extended to June 1, 2020.

Download the 2019-20 3% Breakfast Award revised form and the 2019-20 3% Lunch Award revised form using these links.

Star Club


Since 2003, SNF has awarded over $170,000 in scholarships to assist SNA members attending ANC for the first time. These members have been able to take advantage of the valuable educational and professional development opportunities to advance their careers and grow the school nutrition profession.

The multiple $500 scholarships may be used to cover registration and travel expenses associated with attending ANC. Only SNA members from the employee or manager category are eligible for this scholarship and they must be nominated by their district director. The district director must be attending ANC as well.

Funding for the ANC First Timer Scholarship is made possible by Winston Industries.

Awards are made on a first come, first served basis.Before completing the application, have the following information available:

  • Director’s contact information
  • Director’s ANC registration and proof of payment
  • Address information where scholarship check should be sent

Learn more and download applications.

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

The Kathleen Stitt Award gives one participant of the ANC School Nutrition Research & Best Practices Showcase $500 to help defray travel expenses incurred to attend the conference.

To be considered for this award, you must be:

  • An active SNA member
  • A graduate student enrolled full-time in an MS or PhD program OR a faculty member employed at an accredited college or university
  • Accepted to participate in the School Nutrition Showcase at SNA’s Annual National Conference 2016

To apply for this scholarship, please complete and submit the online application form.

Our first Missouri Scholarship for School Food Service employees and/or their children was named after Earl Langkop.  He is believed to the the first State Director of Food Services in Missouri.  He started the job July 1, 1948 and retired March 31, 1975.  Mr. Langkop was found to be truly concerned with the quality of meals served in Missouri Schools.  The scholarship fund that bears his name was started to honor him at the time of his retirement.  He died about a year after his retirement.

Please click here for the Earl Langkop Scholarship Application.

David R. Page was the Director of Food Services in St. Louis and instrumental in starting the Missouri School Food Service Association in 1954.  Mr. Page served as President of the association in 1965-66.  He also served as President of ASFSA and was involved in that association.  Mr. Page was a strong proponent of staff development and continuing education.  Thus, when he died suddenly, the food service and school personnel of St. Louis set up a scholarship fund through Missouri School Nutrition Association, formerly MSFSA for the further development of current school food service personnel through tuition payment and registration fees related to continuing education activities. MSNA, formerly MSFSA is also authorized to utilize this fund for statewide professional development programs, but has been fortunate not to have to utilize it for that purpose, leaving it to benefit individuals.

Click here for the David R. Page Scholarship Application

To: All Missouri School Nutrition Association (MSNA) members

From: MSNA Board of Directors

Subject: Pursuing Excellence in Child Nutrition Scholarship

Date: October 1, 2019

The Missouri School Nutrition Association Pursuing Excellence in Child Nutrition scholarship program for MSNA members wishing to become Certified and/or Credentialed:

SNA’s Certification Program is based on the standards of practice and indicators in the Keys to Excellence in School Food and Nutrition Programs that define nationally accepted standards for quality programs. MSNA encourages every member to become nationally Certified and/or Credentialed through the SNA professional development program. To help make it possible, MSNA will reimburse every member for the first year application fee associated with the level of Certification/Credentialing, along with the exam fee for Credentialing.

Certification: All Levels

Any MSNA member pursuing SNA Certification can apply for reimbursement for the application fees ($18-$33). After successfully achieving any new level of Certification, MSNA members can also apply for reimbursement for the application fee associated with advancing to a new level ($21-$33).


MSNA members wishing to become Credentialed will be reimbursed for the testing fees ($225) when they successfully pass the examination. In addition, newly Credentialed members will be eligible to receive reimbursement for their first year dues ($70).

Go to the SNA website and click on the Education and Professional Development tab for complete eligibility requirements.

For MSNA Certification/Credentialing Reimbursement Request Form, Click HERE!