Each year, the most academically accomplished Pop Warner athletes compete for academic All-American Scholar status. This process begins at the association level and up through each of the eight Pop Warner regions to the national level.
The Pop Warner Little Scholars 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 1st Team All-Americans, National 2nd Team All-Americans and National Honorable Mention Scholars.
Once the scores have been calculated, the top 35 football players and 25 cheerleaders per grade (plus ties) are selected as National 1st Team All-Americans. The 2nd Team All-Americans are then determined by Pop Warner based upon the number of applications that were submitted for that year.
In 2005, Pop Warner decided that everyone who meets the criteria for All-American consideration should be rewarded for his/her academic success, thus the category of Honorable Mention was created for those that didn’t get selected for the 1st and 2ndTeams.