"Pop Warner Little Scholars, Inc. (PWLS) is the only national youth sports organization in America that requires its participants to perform adequately in the classroom before permitting them to play."
We believe that the standards we have set give these children a sense of responsibility and an appreciation for academics and athletics that will help them develop later in life. Each Pop Warner athlete must submit the prior years report card by the first practice (children in 1st grade or higher). A 2.0 /70% GPA or the equivalent must be achieved to participate. In cases where a player did not qualify in the previous year, they will need to submit a current year Scholastic Eligibility Form and provide a progress report or report card showing eligibility. If the child still does not qualify they will not be eligible to play in the current season and no refund will be granted.
Each year, the most academically accomplished Pop Warner kids compete for Academic All-American status. The Pop Warner All-American Program requires a minimum 96% grade point average to apply. Year round community service is required to place. After the applications have been processed, Pop Warner determines National First Team All-Americans (35 football, 35 cheer per grade), National Second Team All-Americans and National Honorable Mention Scholars. First team All-Americans in 7th grade and above are awarded college scholarships ranging in amounts to as high as $5000. This scholarship money is donated by our national sponsors and the NFL.