SNF Scholarship Series: Gay Anderson, Schwan’s Scholarship Recipient


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

Gay Anderson, foodservice director of the Brandon Valley School District in South Dakota, admits that she fell into school nutrition by accident, but after thirteen years as a school nutrition professional she can’t think of a happier—or more fortuitous—accident.

“We were moving from North to South Dakota, and I sent an email to check with the school district to see if they had an opening in management, and the director had just resigned,” recalled Anderson. “I wasn’t looking for anything serious—I would have stayed home otherwise!—but here I am, and I love school foodservice.”

With the help of an SNF scholarship Anderson recently completed her four-year degree in business management through the University of Sioux Falls. Fast-tracking through a degree completion program, Gay was able to complete all the necessary credits in about 2.5 years by taking most of her classes online. Her scholarship helped her offset the costs of her first year in school.

“I learned about the scholarship through SNA. I had been a state president, and I’d heard about [the scholarships], so when I decided to go back to school I thought it was something worth checking out,” explained Gay. “I applied and completed the paperwork but thought, ‘Fat chance! Other people are applying, they need it more than me’—I even thought maybe I filled out the application wrong!—but in the end they called to tell me I had the scholarship and it was just so exciting.”

To read the full story on Gay Anderson, 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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