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SNAAZ Paula Barletta
Memorial Scholarship

About Paula Barletta
Memorial Scholarship

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.

Paula Barletta
Scholarship Winners

2023 - Lorri Nienaber

Yuma Elementary School District One

2021 - No Winner

No applications taken

2019 - Corenda Lewis

Washington Elementary District

2017 - Mandie Gotchie

Yuma Elementary District #1

2015 - Johnnie Johnson

Alhambra Elementary School District

2013 - Lorrie Ahern

Deer Valley Unified School District

2011 - Isabel Saenz

Alhambra Elementary School District

2009 - Louvina Johnson

Toltec Elementary District

2007 - Patty Hunn

Madison Elementary District

2022 - No Winner

No applications taken

2020 - Laura Gasca

Alhambra Elementary School District

2018 - April Smith

Yuma Elementary District #1

2016 - Cindy Byers

Scottsdale Unified School District

2014 - Joanie Burnap

Queen Creek Unified School District

2012 - Tina Ressler

Alhambra Elementary School District

2010 - Mattie Defeo

Mesa Public Schools

2008 - Gayla Robbins

Yuma Elementary District #1

What Our Members Have to Say

We are a state affiliate to the School Nutrition Association (SNA), which represents over 55,000 individuals who have made a commitment to child nutrition.

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