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Program Information

Each year, the most academically accomplished Pop Warner kids compete for Academic All-American status. This process begins at the association level and up through each of the eight Pop Warner regions to the national level. 

In 2017, more than 6,100 scholars qualified for the Pop Warner All-American Scholar program, representing the top 2% of all scholar-athletes in the Pop Warner program nationwide. 

The PWLS All-American Program requires a minimum 96% grade point average to apply for All-American status. 

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.


  • A final score is calculated for each student that consists of up to 100 points (85%) for the student's grades for the prior school year, along with up to 18 points (15%) awarded for the attached Addendum sheet of activities and achievements. 
  • Once the scores have been calculated, First Team All-Americans are selected. The top 35 football players and 35 cheerleaders per grade (plus ties) are selected as National First Team All-Americans. 
  • Second Team All-Americans are then determined by Pop Warner based upon the number of applications that were submitted for that year. 
  • Anyone that does not qualify for First or Second Team is awarded Honorable Mention status.


Pop Warner will announce its annual Scholar All-Americans via the Pop Warner website, Facebook and Twitter each year by April 1st. Each scholar will receive an informational packet in the mail by the end of April that includes: 

  • Congratulatory letter from Pop Warner indicating their scholastic accomplishment. 
  • Certificate of achievement for National All-Americans. 
  • Information regarding the Pop Warner National All-American Banquet.


Check out the Pop Warner Scholar FAQ's for questions and answers regarding the Pop Warner scholastic program as well as the National Scholar Banquet.

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