Kenneth L. Short Memorial Scholarship
Opaa! is proud of serving the nutritional needs of students since 1978. In memory of Kenneth L. Short, founder of Opaa! Food Management, a one-year scholarship in the amount of $1,000 will be awarded to a 2017-18 graduating high school senior from a school district currently served by Opaa!

Eligible students must enroll in an accredited college or university and demonstrate an interest in pursuing a career in the food service/hospitality industry. Selection criteria include academic achievement; work experiences; and participation in student, school, and community activities.

Please submit with your application:

  • A typed statement of less than 500 words as to why you are applying for this scholarship; a description of your high school and community activities; work experiences; and your intended career path
  • A letter(s) of recommendation from a high school teacher
  • A copy of your high school transcript

The scholarship is for the first year of college only and is payable directly to the college in the recipient's name in the amount of $500 at each semester's end. The recipient of the scholarship must maintain full-time student status (enrollment in at least 12 hours per semester or term). Prior to receiving payment, the student must present a copy of that semester's grade report to Opaa! Food Management demonstrating a minimum of a 2.0 grade point average for all classes. Non-participation and/or less than full-time enrollment will result in cancellation of the scholarship. Deadline for submission of scholarship application is April 6, 2018.

Please send applications to:

Kenneth L. Short Memorial Scholarship
Opaa! Food Management, Inc.
Attn: Catherine Mitchell
100 Chesterfield Business Parkway,
Suite 310
Chesterfield, MO 63005

(Download Scholarship Application)


OPAA 15 16 Scholarship winner Diana Gutierrez2

2015-16 Kenneth L. Short Scholarship Recipient
Diana Gutierrez
Tipton R-VI School District

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