Major League Baseball Umpires And Their Families Provide Ongoing Mentorship to Each Scholarship Recipient 

More Than A Check 

UMPS CARE continues to work with our scholarship recipients to help ensure lifelong success. Each recipient is paired with an MLB umpire and his family who mentor these students through their college years. Scholarship winners receive phone calls, care packages and on-field experiences at Big League ballparks to meet umpires and learn more about hard work, sacrifice and giving back. Once you join the UMPS CARE community, you are family. 

MLB Umpire Paul Emmel 

Seen here at a San Francisco Giants game, MLB Umpire Paul Emmel met with All-Star College Scholarship Winner Jaskirat Kaur and her family. Paul is an UMPS CARE Charities board member and volunteers on our All-Star College Scholarship Committee. 

Scholarship Mentors 


Amy Guccione and MLB Umpire Fieldin Culbreth – Mentors to Katherine Atkins


​UMPS CARE president Gary Darling, his wife, Cheri, and MLB Umpire Paul Emmel – Mentors to Jaskirat Kaur 


MLB Umpire Adrian Johnson and wife, Nicola – Mentors to Logan Decker


MLB Umpire Gabe Morales and wife, Michelle, along with members of Eric Cooper’s family – Mentors to Marcus Lo

In Their Own Words


“I had heard and seen what Todd had done with UMPS CARE, and it made me want to get involved, too. There are not a whole lot of games here in Holcomb, Kansas, so when I got a letter about the scholarship program, I was interested in getting involved. Being a teacher, and having been involved with scholarship programs locally, also got my attention.”

– Kelly Tichenor


“It is an honor to have Eric remembered through UMPS CARE All-Star Scholarship for deserving young adults. Eric achieved a successful career through hard work, determination and a steady commitment to his chosen field. We see these same attributes in Marcus. Congratulations – we look forward to following your college journey.”

– Bill and Donna Cooper



If you have any questions or concerns on if you qualify for the scholarship, contact us and we will answer your questions.