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The Paula Barletta Memorial Scholarship was developed in memory of our friend and colleague Paula Barletta, one of the founders of the School Nutrition Association of Arizona (SNAAZ). An adored and admired member of the Yuma Chapter, Paula was tireless in her devotion to the association and the children of Arizona. She was a unique individual who came to America as a German war bride and went on to make her mark in our nation's history. At the gateway to New York where the Statue of Liberty is located, her name can be found on the Ellis Island "Wall of Immigrants" as an immigrant that made a significant contribution in American history. She developed an amazing relationship with many leaders in American politics while furthering the School Nutrition Association's (SNA) goals of feeding all school children.

Paula loved to travel. It was the intention of Paula's family and SNAAZ members to salute her memory with the establishment of the Paula Barletta Memorial Fund. Its purpose is to offer one scholarship annually to attend the SNA Annual National Conference (ANC). She believed the best opportunity for professional development for a school food service worker was at ANC. Towards this end, association members closest to her, worked together to develop this Scholarship for Association members at the kitchen manager\employee level.

We would all like to see her memory and love of the association and its members live on long after we are gone.

Janene Smith, committee chair
Karen Johnson, committee member
Carol Johnson, committee member
Jane Johnson, committee member
Shawna Leach, committee member


Paula Barletta Scholarship winners

2016 - Cindy Byers
2015 - Johnnie Johnson
2014 - Joanie Burnap
2013 - Lorrie Ahern
2012 - Tina Ressler
2011 - Isabel Saenz
2010 - Mattie Defeo
2009 - Louvina Johnson
2008 - Gayla Robbins
2007 - Patty Hunn