SNF Scholarship Series: Andrew Ashelford, Schwan’s Scholarship Recipient


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

Registered dietitian Andrew Ashelford, supervisor for Lincoln (Neb.) Public Schools, has a lot on his plate. Ashelford oversees the nutrition at eighteen buildings in his district of just under 40,000 students, not to mention his duties assisting with the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable program.

“We feed about 25,000 kids for lunch on a daily basis, and maybe 6,500 at breakfast. This year we implemented a breakfast-in-a-bag type program. It’s too early to tell overall numbers, but we are trying to get participation numbers up. We do a lot of programs, [such as] early childhood and Fresh Fruit and Vegetable. We have seven high schools, eleven middle schools, and 38 elementary schools.”

In addition to the responsibilities of his full-time job and family, Ashelford is also a part-time graduate student, pursuing his master’s degree through Southern New Hampshire University with the help of an SNF scholarship.

“I got the Schwan’s scholarship, a $500 [award]. That will help me while I work on my master’s in business administration,” explained Ashelford. “The application process is straightforward, and I liked how it’s all online: you fill out and submit everything online. You can upload your transcripts which makes it really simple.”

“I think for anyone who wants to get started working on any degree, SNA/SNF scholarships are a great opportunity to help them get started. Education is important, so for anyone to take that next step forward it’s great,” said Ashelford.

To read the full story on Andrew Ashelford, 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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