The Pioneer Fund has established a scholarship program to assist eligible current and former amateur and professional ice skaters who dedicated their lives to skating and now wish to pursue a college education. Scholarships are offered each year for full-time undergraduate study at an accredited institution of the student's choice.
The Pioneer Fund is a foundation of the late Helen M. McLoraine. Helen established The Pioneer Fund, a private family foundation, in the 1960s, to continue her life long tradition of support to the types of projects and organizations to which she had contributed throughout her lifetime and now through her estate. Helen, deeply influenced by her mother's dedication to philanthropy, became a generous benefactor to others with a focus on figure skating, higher education assistance, and medical research. Helen was a private person, frugal, kind and smart, who felt a serious responsibility to the community.
Although Helen continued to run her own private successful investment business throughout her lifetime, her most cherished pastime was the sport of figure skating and attended many competitions, events, and ice shows throughout the World each year. The door to Helen's apartment, which originally opened inward the way that most doors do, was changed to open out to the world. This was indicative of the way Helen embraced life and invited others to do the same. Helen passed away in January of 2003 doing one of the many things she enjoyed in life, watching young kids in figure skating rinks working to achieve their dreams.
This scholarship program is administered by Scholarship Management Services, a division of Scholarship America. Scholarship Management Services is the nation's largest designer and manager of scholarship and tuition reimbursement programs for corporations, foundations, associations and individuals. Awards are granted without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, age, gender, disability or national origin.
Applicants to the scholarship program must:
Be high school seniors or graduates or be current postsecondary undergraduates.
Plan to enroll in full time undergraduate study at an accredited two-year or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school for the entire 2016-2017 academic year.
Self-attest that they have competed at least once in a U.S. Figure Skating qualifying competition at the novice or higher level in either the Mens, Ladies, Dance, or Pairs event.
Synchronized skating is not eligible.
If selected as a recipient, the student will receive an award of $4,000, $6,000 or $8,000. A total of $240,000 in scholarship awards will be granted. Awards are not renewable, but students may reapply to the program each year they meet eligibility requirements. In 2015, 35 scholarship awards were granted.
Awards are for undergraduate study only.
Interested students must complete the application and mail it along with a current, complete transcript of grades to Scholarship Management Services postmarked no later than February 18. Grade reports are not acceptable. Unofficial transcripts must display student name, school name, grade and credit hours earned for each course, and term in which each course was taken. Documentation showing the applicant has competed at the novice or higher level in a U.S. Figure Skating qualifying competition and pages one and two of most recently filed IRS 1040 tax form where the applicant is claimed as a federal tax exemption also need to be sent with the application.
Applicants will receive acknowledgment of receipt of their application. If an acknowledgment email is not received within three weeks, applicants may call Scholarship Management Services to verify that the application has been received.
Applicants are responsible for gathering and submitting all necessary information. Instructions for completing the Financial Data section of the application are included. Applications are evaluated on the information supplied; therefore, answer all questions as completely as possible. Incomplete applications will not be evaluated. All information received is considered confidential and is reviewed only by Scholarship Management Services and the Pioneer Fund selection committee.
Selection of Recipients
Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of academic record, demonstrated leadership and participation in school and community activities, honors, work experience, statement of goals and aspirations, unusual personal or family circumstances, essays, and an outside appraisal. Financial data is reviewed to determine the amount of the award.
Selection of finalists is made by Scholarship Management Services and the Pioneer Fund committee will select recipients. All applicants agree to accept the decision as final.
Applicants will be notified in June. Not all applicants to the program will be selected as recipients. Students may reapply to the program each year they meet eligibility requirements. .
Payment of Scholarships
Scholarship Management Services processes scholarship payments on behalf of the Pioneer Fund. Payments are made in equal installments on August 1 and December 15. Checks are mailed to each recipient's home address and are made payable to the school for the student.
Recipients have no obligation to the Pioneer Fund. They are, however, required to notify Scholarship Management Services of any changes in address, school enrollment, or other relevant information and to send a complete transcript when requested. A list of scholarship award recipients will be forwarded to U.S. Figure Skating for their media purposes.
The Pioneer Fund reserves the right to review the conditions and procedures of this scholarship program and to make changes at any time including termination of the program.
Postmark deadline: February 18, 2016