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Thanks to the gracious generosity of spirit and financial support of Scott Pioli, the Women’s Sports Foundation has established the Scott Pioli & Family Fund for Women Football Coaches and Scouts. The Fund supports the development, education and training of aspiring U.S. female football coaches and scouts who are pursuing careers in collegiate or professional football.

The Fund provides direct financial assistance, support and/or reimbursement of job-related expenses (including housing expenses) to aspiring female football coaches and scouts who have demonstrated, in the opinion of the Selection Committee, the potential to advance in their careers in college or professional football in the United States.



Eligible Candidates

U.S. female football coaches or scouts in college or professional football who may be part-time coaches or scouts, graduate assistant coaches or scouts or professional coaches or scouts with demonstrated financial need.


Applications will be evaluated and grants will be awarded according to the following criteria:

  1. Financial need;
  2. Potential for advancement;
  3. Lack of support from traditional sources;
  4. Potential impact of grant on advancing women in college or professional football; and
  5. Contribution to greater visibility of female athletes

Amount of Grant

Grant amounts will range between $2,000-$10,000.

Application Process

Individuals who wish to be considered for a Scott Pioli & Family Fund for Women Football Coaches and Scouts Grant should apply by completing an online grant application. Please visit Foundant GLM and follow the directions to register a new user profile or update an existing profile. Limit one (1) profile per person/email address. Once your profile is registered, you will be able to save and submit an application on the website. Click here to apply.


Coaches applying for funding are responsible for ensuring their requests falls within all rules and regulations of their governance organization(s).


Donors interested in contributing to The Scott Pioli & Family Fund for Women Football Coaches and Scouts can do so here.

About Scott Pioli

A three-time Super Bowl winner and five-time NFL executive of the year winner, Scott Pioli was named NFL Executive of the Decade by Sporting News and Sports Illustrated and named ESPN Personnel Executive of the DecadeAs assistant general manager for the Atlanta Falcons, Pioli is passionate about the importance of equality, education and the arts and focuses on those three cornerstones through several initiatives. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality (RISE), The Women’s Intersport Network for Kansas City (WIN for KC) and the Black College Football Hall of Fame. Pioli also serves on the board for College for Every Student, a national nonprofit committed to underserved youth, most of whom will be first-generation college students. Pioli also founded the WIN for KC Pioli Scholarship, along with a number of academic scholarships geared toward first-generation college students. Pioli joined the Women’s Sports Foundation Board of Trustees in 2018.