SNF Scholarship Series: Amanda Bot, Annual Fund and Schwan’s Scholarship Recipient

2015-09-10

The following is an excerpt from the 2015 SNF Scholarship Series on the Beyond Breakfast Blog.

Amanda Bot is relatively new to Orange County Public Schools (OCPS) in Orlando, Fla. She will be celebrating her one-year mark with the district in October. She is the Nutrition Educator, Grand District Manager, and the Summer Feeding Director for a large district of over 187,000 students attending 184 schools.

“OCPS is extremely large; we are a part of the Urban School Food Alliance along with Dallas, New York, Miami, Chicago, and Los Angeles,” said Bot. “We do community eligibility, breakfast-in-the-classroom, pretty much everything!”

Yet even with all of her professional responsibilities, Bot decided to go back to college, commuting to the University of Tampa at night to obtain her MBA.

“I’ve been doing [my MBA] for about two years, and I’m halfway through the program because I can only take one or two classes per semester—all I can handle with work,” explained Bot. Traveling from Tampa to Orlando for night classes isn’t easy—or inexpensive—so she applied for scholarships through the School Nutrition Foundation, winning both an Annual Fund Scholarship and Schwan’s Food Service Scholarship to help her offset some college costs.

“I’m trying to pay for grad school out of pocket, which is not impossible when I’m taking a class or two a semester, but the added financial help from the scholarship is just that much more,” said Bot, who described the scholarship application process as easy, efficient, and straightforward.

To read the full story on Amanda Bot, visit the Beyond Breakfast Blog. To learn more about SNF’s professional development and conference scholarships, click here.

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!

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