Scott Hamilton Skaters' Education Fund

Established by the Pioneer Fund, this program provides assistance to 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. This scholarship program was formerly known as the Helen M. McLoraine Scholarship, but has recently been renamed and will be administered by U.S. Figure Skating moving forward.

The Pioneer Fund is a foundation of the late Helen M. McLoraine. McLoraine established The Pioneer Fund, a private family foundation, in the 1960s in order to continue a life-long tradition of supporting and contributing to projects and organizations through her estate.

Deeply influenced by her mother's dedication to philanthropy, McLoraine became a generous benefactor to others with a focus on figure skating, higher education assistance and medical research. She was a private person, frugal, kind and smart, who felt a serious responsibility to the community.

Although McLoraine continued to run her own private successful investment business throughout her lifetime, her most cherished pastime was the sport of figure skating. Each year, she attended competitions, events and ice shows around the world.

The door to McLoraine's apartment, originally opened inward, was altered to open out to the world; just as Helen embraced life and invited others to do the same. She passed away in January 2003 doing one of the many things she enjoyed: watching young kids in rinks working to achieve their dreams.

For more information and to apply for a scholarship

This scholarship program is administered by U.S Figure Skating. Awards are granted without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, age, gender, disability or national origin. This year, a total of $240,000 in scholarships will be awarded ranging from $4,000 to $8,000 per scholarship recipient and scholarship awards will be announced in June 2020.

The 2019-20 scholarship application will be available mid-December 2019. You can apply HERE.