Baublit Business Scholarship

“Skills that last a lifetime!” – Mr. John Baublit

Mr. John Baublit, Pioneer Business Teacher for 39 years

This scholarship is in dedication to an outstanding business education teacher who spent almost four decades helping students acquire business and marketing skills that could be immediately applied in the business world. These business marketing skills were used in their college education and also in running their own business. Most former students will tell you that his most valuable lessons were resume writing, writing business plans, and interviewing skills. Mr. Baublit also helped thousands of Ann Arbor Pioneer High School students obtain their first paid employment experience through his cooperative occupational education job placement program.

John was the advisor of the Pioneer DECA Chapter. This DECA Chapter provided students an opportunity to demonstrate and practice their business skills in a highly competitive business and academic games environment at district, state, and international levels. John proudly coached 160 Michigan State DECA Champions during his career. Many others placed in the top ten at the DECA International Conference. Several former students comment that their enrollment in his class and their participation in his DECA chapter led them to either major in business administration in college or to start their own business. John is responsible for initiating the coveted High School MBA award, which many students now aspire to achieve. A significant contribution that Mr. Baublit made to the teaching profession was his training of 31 student teachers during his career.  Many of these former student teachers became rivals of the Pioneer DECA chapter, however, Mr. Baublit felt that raising the level of competition only made everyone better.  Mr. Baublit feels that his greatest contribution to the teaching profession was his training of student teachers whom also likewise made great impacts on their students and profession.

Introducing students to skiing was also a significant part of John’s career. He sponsored the Pioneer High School Ski Club for 17 years. He accompanied the Ski Club on ski trips to Boyne, and Blue Mountain in Michigan, and to Rocky Mountain resorts in Aspen, Vail, Snowbird, Alta, Park City, and Banff. John and his students worked hard and played hard.

Even though John retired in 2010, he is still actively involved with judging DECA conferences each year and remains a mentor to many. In addition, John and his wife Judy give back to the community by actively volunteering major amounts of time working for local social welfare agencies and social justice organizations.

In honor of John, his brother Tom, and his entire family who made a huge difference in his career, T.J.(Ted) Hooten, Pioneer Class of 1985, established this scholarship fund to give back to the Ann Arbor Pioneer business student community. In addition to the scholarship, the Fund will be used to help the local Pioneer DECA chapter compete regionally and nationally.

Award Criteria


  • A graduating Pioneer High School senior(s) who plans to start college or university in the fall of the following school year.
  • Applicants should have completed, or be currently enrolled in a Pioneer business education class.
  • Preference given to those interested in a college business major.

Application Process

  • Application can be obtained using the link below.
  • Completed application form and required documents listed on the application should be submitted to
  • All applicants will be interviewed after school, and following the application deadline.
  • Applicants will be contacted by the Pioneer Business Alumni committee prior to the interview date.
  • A selection committee of Pioneer High School Business Alumni will choose recipient(s) after the applicant interviews.

Award Amount

  • Up to 2 students annually will be rewarded a minimum of $2,000 each.
  • Recipients will be informed of their award during a senior awards ceremony.
  • Upon receipt of Confirmation of Enrollment (which needs to include the Student ID number and the mailing address of the Financial Aid Office of the recipient’s selected college or university) AAEF will forward the scholarship check directly to the Financial Aid Office. Confirmation of Enrollment should be emailed to no later than July 15.

Deadline:  All applications must be submitted by April 15, no later than 5pm.  ThePioneer Business Alumni committee will notify the Educational Foundation of the winner and provide contact information by May 1, no later than 5pm.