Helen M. McLoraine Figure Skating Scholarship Program


The Pioneer Fund has established a scholarship program to assist 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.

The Pioneer Fund is a foundation of the late Helen M. McLoraine. McLoraine established The Pioneer Fund, a private family foundation, in the 1960s to continue her life-long tradition of support to the types of projects and organizations to which she had contributed throughout her lifetime and now 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, and she attended many competitions, events and ice shows around the world each year.

The door to McLoraine's apartment, which originally opened inward, was changed to open out to the world. This is indicative of the way 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 figure skating rinks, working to achieve their dreams.

For more information and to apply for a scholarship

This scholarship program is administered by Scholarship Management Services, a division of Scholarship America. Awards are granted without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, age, gender, disability or national origin. As many as 30 scholarships will be awarded for as much as $150,000 total.

The 2014 scholarship application is now closed. Information may be found at http://sms.scholarshipamerica.org/pioneerfund.