SNF Announces the 2021 Professional Development Scholarship Winners



The School Nutrition Foundation is still providing resources for SNA members by awarding twenty-three (23) Professional Development scholarships for the 2021-2022 school year. Every year the School Nutrition Foundation provides education scholarships for SNA members with funding for tuition and books for the following school year. 

schwans imageSince 1983, Schwan’s Food Service, Inc., has made an annual donation to offer multiple scholarships of up to $2,500 each. We could not do this without the generous support of Schwan’s Food Service, Inc. it’s continued dedication to the men and women in the school nutrition field is incredible. We are proud to partner with companies like Schwan’s! 

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

Congratulations to the following recipients:

  • Amy A'Hearn, SNS, Southeast Polk Comm School District, IA
  • Stefanie Almond, SNS, Cabarrus County Schools, NC
  • Stacey Bettis, Minerva Local School District, OH
  • Tracy Blanchard, Monson Public Schools, MA
  • Kelsey Brommel, Robbinsdale School District 281, MN
  • Pamela Bruns, Robbinsdale School District 281, MN
  • Laura Burns, Virginia DOE, VA
  • Teena Carr, Putnam County Charter Schools, GA
  • Christopher Coggins, Maplewood Richmond Heights, MO
  • Sherry DeHaven, Potomack Intermediate School, WV
  • Matthew Franklin, Henrico County Public Schools, VA
  • Shannon Fullmer, Bonneville Joint School District 93, ID
  • Crissy Garner, Limestone County School District, TN
  • Jeremy Hetrick, Henderson Collegiate, NC
  • Keba Laird, MBA, RDN, SNS, Clinton Public School District, MS
  • Carmen Lerma, SNS, Region 1 Education Service Center, TX
  • Sheila Martellio, Jefferson County School District, TN
  • Missy Ortman, Clear Creek Amana Comm School District, IA
  • Brittany Panzenhagen, Johnson City School District, TN
  • Crystal Parsley, New Kent County Public Schools, VA
  • Nelson Reames RD, SNS, Howard County Public School District, MD
  • Traci Simonton, SNS, Indian River School District, FL
  • Rachel Wilder, Thomaston-Upson County School District, GA

These opportunities include academic aid for those pursuing a vocational/technical, undergraduate, graduate or post graduate degree in a school nutrition-related field of study within the United States. The Schwan’s Professional Development, SNA Professional Development, and SNF Professional Growth scholarship(s) award up to $2,500 each. The Nancy Curry Scholarship, awards one scholarship of $500.

Professional development is critical not only to those beginning their careers in school nutrition, but also for those seeking to deepen their understanding and competencies for more sustainable school nutrition programs. You can help make education dreams come true for SNA members by establishing a named scholarship or contributing to our existing scholarship programs. To date, SNF has awarded more than $2.4 million in scholarships to deserving members. SNA member scholarships fund continuing formal education and attendance at SNA conferences. Because we understand the challenging times for your company, SNF has made it possible to create a named scholarship over a 5-year payment plan.  Please inquire for more details and find out how you can honor an individual or your company with a named professional growth or conference scholarship. For more information, please write to Dana Clerkin, SNF Fund Development Consultant at

We are proud to support such hard-working and deserving members. If you are interested in going back to school to earn your degree, we encourage you to apply next year! Applications will open in the fall of 2022. Would you like to further your education in the School Nutrition Field? For questions, email

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