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Pioneer Fund to support USFS Scholastic Honors Team

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(01/07/2010) - COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- U.S. Figure Skating announced today that the Pioneer Fund, a private charitable foundation created by the late Helen M. McLoraine to continue her philanthropic support of educational programs, will financially support U.S. Figure Skating's Scholastic Honors Team.

The Pioneer Fund will contribute $30,000 toward this year's Scholastic Honors Team award program and $600,000 to the Denver Foundation to create a designated fund on behalf of U.S. Figure Skating to support the Scholastic Honors Team program in the future.

The annual contribution of $30,000 will be divided into 10 awards of $2,500 to each honored individual, while the remaining $5,000 will go to administrative and management expenses associated with the program, including the Scholastic Honors Team breakfast and induction ceremony that take place each year at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships.

The U.S. Figure Skating Scholastic Honors Team recognizes high school-age U.S. Figure Skating members who have distinguished themselves both in their high school academics and their community, as well as in the sport of figure skating. The program is open to full-time high school juniors and seniors with a grade point average of 3.4 or higher who have competed at either the novice, junior or senior levels at U.S. Figure Skating events during the past two years and who satisfy minimum eligibility criteria.

The program provides scholarships and Scholastic Honors Team letter jackets to 10 deserving honorees each year. Since its inception, more than 1,100 skaters have applied for the scholarship, with 148 team members selected and 30 honorable mentions named. In addition to an official school transcript, a written essay and information as to the nature and extent of an applicant's community involvement and other extracurricular activities are considered.

The 2010 Scholastic Honors Team will be announced Monday, Jan. 18 and inducted during an on-ice ceremony Friday, Jan. 22 at the 2010 AT&T U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Spokane, Wash.