President’s Award of Excellence

The President’s Award of Excellence recognizes three state presidents each year who demonstrate extraordinary leadership by successfully implementing strategies that advance school nutrition programs in their states and who made the extra effort in achieving excellence in each of SNA’s five Strategic Pillars.

In order to provide equal opportunity for states of different sizes, the President’s Award of Excellence is awarded to one state president in each of the three member divisions:

  • 1-500 Member Division
  • 501-1000 Member Division
  • 1001+ Member Division

How can state presidents apply for this award?

State Presidents will automatically be entered to win the President’s Award of Excellence by completing and submitting the Year-End Report to SNA by May 31 of each year. 

How will the applicants be judged?

The applications (Year-End Reports) will be judged at SNA Headquarters using the following criteria:

I. Excellence in Education & Professional Development (25% of score)

  • Meet or exceed a 2% increase in certification
  • Meet or exceed a 2% increase in credentialing
  • Offer professional development training in state to support members with the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act implementation.

II. Excellence in Advocacy & Public Image (25% of score)

  • Demonstrate one successful initiative implemented during the year that resulted in enhancing the public image of school nutrition programs.  

    III. Excellence in Community (25% of score)

    • Demonstrate one successful initiative implemented during the year that resulted in expanding the state’s community outreach in order to further school nutrition programs.

    IV. Excellence in Infrastructure (25% of score)

    • Meet or exceed a 5% increase in membership
    • Achieve a retention rate of 85% or higher
    • Demonstrate successful participation in the SNA Membership Drives

    For full details on the judging criteria, click here

    Numerical goals (for certification, credentialing, and membership) will be determined by SNA Headquarters at the beginning of each membership year. State Presidents will be judged at SNA Headquarters to determine winners. 

    The President’s Award of Excellence will be given to the state which best meets the above criteria from each membership division.


    How will the winners be recognized?

    The three President’s Award of Excellence winners will be announced at the Opening General Session at SNA’s Annual National Conference. The winners will each be given a special medallion to commemorate this accomplishment.

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