Little Scholars

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 on in life.

Like such organizations as the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and National Federation of High Schools (NFHS), PWLS has academic guidelines and criteria that need to be met in order for a child to participate.


Proof of satisfactory progress in school is required. A 2.0/70% or the equivalent shall be the minimum grade point average acceptable to participate. In cases of doubt, conflict of opinion, or if a valid report card is not submitted, the nationally published scholastic eligibility form shall be used and deemed final.

NOTE: This rule as it relates to scholastic grades may not be made more stringent by any team, association, or league, as other rules may be. No local team/squad may be allowed to participate in Regional/National sponsored championships or bowl games if it has not met the nationally published scholastic requirements.


We understand that not all student-athletes are able to meet our scholastic requirements. If a child does not meet the requirements of scholastic fitness, he/she may fill out and submit a Scholastic Eligibility Form.

This form is to be completed by those participants in the Pop Warner program that have not met the National Scholastic Requirement of 70 percent and/or 2.0 Grade Point Average (GPA) at the time of certification. 

This form must be accompanied by a progressing progress report or report card to be eligible for play after the October 18, 2015 deadline. That report must be dated between Sep. 13, 2015 and Oct 18, 2015.

If no progressing progress report or report card is given in this window then the player shall be found ineligible for the rest of the year. Download the Scholastic Eligibility Form


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 2013 over 425,000 kids participated in Pop Warner. As our numbers once again reached record levels, a record numbers of All-American Scholar applications were once again submitted to us...more than 9,700 applications!

The Pop Warner All-American Program requires a minimum 96% grade point average to apply. 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.

Find out More About the All-American Scholar Program & National Banquet


5th Grade Award
Timothy AttkissonLakeside2nd Team
Matthew HankeeLa Jolla2nd Team
Logan HeeschAlpine2nd Team
Joseph HolensteinRancho San Diego2nd Team
Matthew MasonAlpine2nd Team
Trevor MillerAlpine2nd Team
Grant MartinAlpineHM

6th Grade Award
Madison FieldsLakeside2nd Team
Samuel ParenteSantee2nd Team
Connor StackiewiczCoronado2nd Team
Ryan CotaLakesideHM
Samuel JonesAlpineHM
Hayden LoarieLakesideHM

Congratulations to our 2015
San Diego Pop Warner Scholars.

2014-15 Little Scholars

Special Congratulations to our 8th grade
1st Team Senior Scholars
Both Awarded "All American First Team"
and won $1000 scholarship.

Kyleigh McQueen - Lakeside

Cole (Ted) Dexheimer - Alpine

(First Team All-American is one of the top 35 football players or top 35 cheerleaders for his/her grade nationwide)


7th Grade Award
Paige Flanders-Ruffin Lakeside 2nd Team
Amber Ruments Lakeside 2nd Team
Kyle Bishop Lakeside 2nd Team
Hope Ertz Lakeside 2nd Team
Anthony Gastelo La Jolla 2nd Team
Cameron Jones Alpine 2nd Team
Donnie Kelly Santee 2nd Team
Isaiah Lopez Santee 2nd Team
Calvin Peckham Coronado 2nd Team
Robert Pontzius Santee 2nd Team
Luke Simanek Santee 2nd Team
James Witthoft Coronado 2nd Team
Keelin Duffey Coronado HM
Huumaay Banegas Lakeside HM
Jake Ifrid  El Cajon HM

8th Grade Award
Kyleigh McQueen Lakeside 1st Team
Ted Dexheimer Alpine 1st Team
Hailey Allread Lakeside 2nd Team
Angelina Hargrove Santee 2nd Team
Miranda Medford Lakeside 2nd Team
Kennedy Nevling Lakeside 2nd Team
Kylie Westbrook Lakeside 2nd Team
Dylan Caillouel La Jolla 2nd Team
Bailey Christian Alpine 2nd Team
Travis Deal Santee 2nd Team
Michael Gabby Mt. Helix 2nd Team
Hunter Gauthier  Santee 2nd Team
Saul Sanchez Santee 2nd Team
Austin Scribner Rancho San Diego 2nd Team
Samantha Williams Coronado HM
Gabriel Hydorn Alpine HM
Tanner Ifrid Lakeside  HM