NYSNA Scholarships

Memorial Trust Fund Scholarship


New York School Nutrition Association Memorial Trust Fund Scholarship award is made available each year to applicants who are active members of NYSNA. The purpose of this scholarship is to help defray the cost of improving the recipient's present job performance or career status in school food service.

Scholarship Use:

The award may be used for graduate or undergraduate courses. The recipient need not be working toward a degree. The award may be used for local non-credit secondary or adult education courses that have been approved by the Professional Development Committee. The Professional Development Committee may also approve the use of the awards to attend training workshops and/or courses designed to enhance the recipient's current job knowledge or facilitate their advancement in School Food Service. The scholarship may also be granted for professional accreditation within NYSNA member industries, such as but not limited to, the School Nutrition Specialist (SNS).


Awards are determined by the end of May and acknowledged at the Annual Conference of the Association. Forms and all necessary paper work required for receipt of the scholarship monies must be completed and received by Headquarters by October 1st of that year in order  for the transfer of money to be completed within the current Association fiscal year which ends October 31. The award may be used for registration fees, course materials, transportation and personal expenses incurred in connection with the program.  Checks will be drawn to the individual or the institution. Recipients will be asked to complete a voucher and submit receipts.


  1. The applicant must be an active member of the New York School Nutrition Association for at least one (1) year prior to application.
  1. The applicant must be a current employee of a School Food Service program  within the State of New York that participates in the Federal Child Nutrition Program.

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Steven Pinelli Award of Excellence

The Steven Pinelli Award of Excellence was created by the NYSNA Executive Board, in memory of his numerous contributions to our Association.  This is an award to recognize and acknowledge an outstanding member of the NYSNA. 



Farm to School Partnership Award          

Due on or before December 31st each year

Did you know that NYSNA has a partnership with the NY Department of Agriculture and Markets?  One of the exciting programs is the annual Farm to School Partnership Awards.

These awards are presented to the winning districts during the NYSNA Legislative Action Conference held each January in Albany. This joint award is given each year for exceptional work completed by schools around the state. Working with local farms has become a great way for Farm to School to flourish in New York State. Many of these creative projects and programs are celebrated during "Farm to You Fest" each Fall and throughout the year.

Here are the 4 categories:

  • Merchandising/ Promoting Local Foods
  • Working with Local Farms
  • Building partnerships and Integrating Farm to School into Wellness Activities
  • Distribution: finding creative ways to get or receive local farm products

The award criteria for judging are:

  • Transferability: should be able to be replicated in other districts or areas
  • Impact/Measurability: who and how did the submission impact the children, schools, farms and/or communities
  • Innovation: shows improved and creative ways to use local farm products
  • Sustainability: activity should be something that can be completed every year or demonstrate growth from one year to the next

There are so many great events and programs already in place at many districts but we don't always hear about them. It's not hard at all to submit something for consideration - just fill out an application!  Why not let your peers around the state know what fantastic things you are doing in your district? We would love to help celebrate your successes and give you the kudos and recognition you deserve! So now is the time to think about it. You can also nominate another district that you know is doing an awesome program but is a little shy to "toot their own horn"! Take a look at what you have planned in your District as it relates to Farm to School and send the application and a few pictures - we would love to present you with an award and get your picture taken with a representative from NY Dept. Ag & Markets! 



NYSNA Chapter Awards Program

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Champion of Child Nutrition Award
*Nominees may not be NYSNA food service members


This NYSNA award is presented by the Public Policy and Legislative Committee to show the recipient our great appreciation for efforts that have gone above and beyond to actively support, promote, and/pr enhance child nutrition programs in some way.


Anne B. Gennings Award


This NYSNA award is presented by the Public Policy and Legislative Committee to show the recipient our great appreciation for efforts that have gone above and beyond to actively support, promote, and/pr enhance child nutrition programs in some way.


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, streamlined 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 President by March 1, 2017. Find out more and nominate someone you know at www.schoolnutrition.org/awards


SNF Scholarships for SNA Members

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: http://www.schoolnutrition.org/Scholarships