—- AWARDS BY STUDENT APPLICATION —-
Robert B. Westfall Memorial Award
$10,000.00 scholarship to be awarded each year to one or more graduating senior(s), who has shown outstanding athletic ability and leadership qualities for his/her school.
Criteria for Award: Must show a need for financial assistance to begin his or her first year of education at a four-year college or university of his or her choice. He or she must have shown outstanding athletic ability and leadership qualities for his or her school. Student must have demonstrated good citizenship while in high school. The student must have participated in extracurricular school activities that may include clubs, athletic competition, and other activities at Pioneer High School. This is not an athletic scholarship and applicants do not have to play varsity athletics at the college or university that he/she will attend. While it is not necessary, a preference will be given to students who plan to attend the University of Michigan.
To Apply: Student must fill out attached application and return it to the athletic department by April 20.
Selection Process: Receipt(s) will be chosen by the Westfall family representatives.
Bob Ufer Memorial Scholarship Fund
$1000-$5000 scholarship is awarded annually.
Criteria for Award: Must be attending the University of Michigan, excelled in some academic regard and participated in athletics at Pioneer. This is not an athletic scholarship and applicants do not have to play varsity athletics at Michigan. Full scholarship athletes are ineligible for this award.
To Apply: Fill out attached application and return it to the athletic office by April 20.
Selection Process: Finalists will be chosen by the athletic director and interviewed by the Ufer family who will choose the recipients(s).
Nathan Lyndell Hall Memorial Scholarship
Three $500 awards. Established in 2003 by his parents in memory of Nathan Hall, who died suddenly just days after his graduation from Community High School. This fund benefits student athletes at Pioneer and Community High Schools and student-alumni of the Ypsilanti Junior Football and Cheerleading program.
Criteria for Award: A graduate of Pioneer with four consecutive years of participation in one high school sport OR a graduate from Community OR a graduate and an alumni of Ypsilanti Junior Football and Cheerleading (YCJAA) with four consecutive years of participation in one high school sport and two years of participation in YCJAA AND is accepted to a two-year or four-year college or university to pursue a degree. Minimum GPA 3.2, two years of community service involvement during high school
To Apply: Provide your latest transcript, a Letter of Recommendation, and a short essay on the following topic (upload as attachment to application): “No Regrets” by Nathan Lyndell Hall . This tattoo was my gift to myself for my eighteenth birthday. I didn’t get it because it’s “cool” to get tattoos these days; I got it because it is what I live my life by. I started to believe, a long time ago, that everything I do makes me a better person in the end. No matter what. I choose to learn from everything I do instead of dwell on how I could have done it differently. I don’t see the point in worrying about something I can’t change. I just plan on doing it right the next time. On the application, please indicate which Hall Scholarship you are applying for.
Bryan J Westfield Scholarship
$500 grant. Although the award is merit based, other factors such as financial need and applicants from historically disadvantaged backgrounds may be taken into consideration, but are not criteria for receipt of the award.
Criteria for Award: A graduating senior who participated in women’s track & field/cross country at Pioneer High School and earned a varsity letter in one of those sports. You must meet athletic eligibility requirements at the time of graduation and be attending an institution of higher education in the fall. Applicants must disclose if they are receiving any athletic scholarships or have applied for other scholarships. This scholarship can only be used for books and tuition
To Apply: Submit application below by April 20th. Latest transcript required along with at least one letter of recommendation from someone independent of the scholarship fund and unrelated to the Westfield family
Selection Process: Chosen by the Westfield family
Robert E. Lewis Memorial Scholarship
The grant was established in memory of Robert E. Lewis, Jr., a member of the 1956 graduating class, by his classmates and family. Robert was an outstanding scholar, student leader, and athlete while in school. On February 5, 1961, Robert drowned in the Pacific Ocean in an effort to save another soldier.
Criteria for Award: a graduating senior, who is considered a scholar, student leader, and an athlete.
To Apply: A letter of interest should be returned to the athletic office by April 20.
Selection Process: Receipts will be chosen by the athletic director and a small committee.
Kacee Cronk Scholarship
$1000. This award was established by the family of Kacee Cronk to honor her love of life. Kacee was a gymnast and scholar at Pioneer who died shortly after her graduation in 1989, in a car accident. She was self-motivated and ambitious, and always looked to the future with hope and excitement.
Criteria for Award: A senior woman who displays the dedication to succeed in academic and athletic endeavor that was evident in the life of Kacee Cronk.
To Apply: A letter of interest should be returned to the athletic office by April 20.
Selection Process: Recipients will be chosen by the athletic director and a small committee.
Richard Weldon Memorial Athletic Scholarship
Established by Susan Pearlman in memory of her father Richard Weldon.
Criteria for Award: A graduating senior from Pioneer who has been employed while attending school. The primary use of this need based award will be in support of tuition and / or books.
To Apply: A letter of interest, transcript and resume should be returned to the athletic office by April 20.
Selection Process: Recipients will be chosen by a committee representing Mr. Weldon’s family, the Pioneer athletic department, and one or more community members.
—- AWARDED BY THE BOOSTER CLUB —-
Clarence Illi Outstanding Senior Athlete Award
Beginning in 1977, the Ann Arbor Booster Club began selecting a young man and woman as the outstanding senior athletes of the year. It was most fitting that these awards be named after long time Pioneer supporter Clarence Illi. An award will be presented to each individual and their names will be recorded on a plaque that will become part of the permanent record of Pioneer athletic history. Each winner will receive a Pioneer blanket and potentially a small monetary award. Full scholarship athletes cannot receive monetary funding from this award.
Criteria for Award: A varsity letter winner; good sportsmanship; support of the total athletic program; cooperation with coaches and fellow team members; good citizenship in school and community; meeting his or her scholastic ability; member of the graduating class in good standing.
To Apply: Athletes are nominated by the coach of his /her sport, one per sport
Spirit of Pioneer Award
This award is given to athletes who continually support, encourage and participate in team activities while maintaining an enthusiastic and supportive attitude regardless of their own individual success. It is for the athlete who leads through character, commitment to the team and the love of sport.
The award is not based on the individual athletes’ accomplishments but on the more subtle though very significant values of athletic competition which contribute to the development of our solid citizens of tomorrow.
—- HONORS AWARDED BY ATHLETICS —-
Given to athletes who have received varsity letters in three different sports throughout his/her athletic career at Pioneer. Winners will be named in the graduation program
Army Reserve National/Scholar Athlete
One male and one female student who have demonstrated excellence in both academics and athletic. Selected athletes will receive an Olympic-style bronze medal.
Criteria for Award: To be eligible, a student must be recommended by his/her athletic director, students who are interested must be a graduating senior, have earned a varsity letter and have a G.P.A. of 3.5 or better.
To Apply: Contact the athletic director before April 15.
Selection Process: Chosen by the athletic director.
Distinguished Athlete Award Program–United States Marine Corps
Criteria for Award: Must be recommended by his/her athletic director and be a high school student in grade 9 – 12, be an athlete in a school sponsored varsity sport, be recognized as having best exhibited the personal traits of courage, poise, self-confidence and leadership while performing as a varsity athlete.
To Apply: Contact the athletic director before April 15
Selection Process: Recipients will be chosen by the athletic director.
Michigan Scholar-Athlete Awards
A $1000 scholarship is given annually, from athletes nominated statewide.
Criteria for Award: A maximum of six male and six female students are selected by the athletic department and counseling staff. Must have earned a varsity letter and have a grade point average of 3.5 or better.
Scholar-Athlete Competition Rules (PDF)
Selection Process: Recipients will be chosen by the Michigan High School Athletic Association.