Applications for the UMPS CARE All-Star College Scholarship Will Be Available in Late February 2023

Congratulations to Landen Oba and Serena Manguel – our 2022 All-Star College Scholarship recipients. Special thanks to Deloitte and Michael Alkin for making it possible for us at UMPS CARE to award two scholarships this year! 

UMPS CARE Charities All-Star College Scholarship

Education is an important part of life. In baseball terms, it gives you a healthy lead as you round the bases. But not everyone gets the same opportunity for higher education. The UMPS CARE Charities All-Star College Scholarship is for children adopted later in life in order to provide a college education to students who otherwise might not be able to afford one. UMPS CARE Charities awards approximately $40,000 annually in college scholarships.

About the All-Star College Scholarship

The All-Star Scholarship is open to children adopted at or after the age of 13 (or who have exited foster care to permanent guardianship) to provide increased opportunities for advanced education. Each year, one student will be selected to receive the scholarship. This student will be eligible to receive up to $10,000 annually to go towards tuition, books, and other college-related expenses.

Distributed In College Scholarships Since Inception

More Than A Check – Ongoing Mentorship From Major League Baseball Umpires and Their Families 

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. 

Scholarship Eligibility Requirements:


Applicants must have been adopted or exited foster care to permanent guardianship at or after the age of thirteen (13).

​Demonstrate financial need through the FAFSA Application.
Applicants must be incoming college freshmen under the age of twenty (20)

Application Requirements:

A completed application that includes four short answer/essays written by the student.
Three letters of recommendation. Letters should reflect the writer’s knowledge of the student’s achievements, improvements, and personal needs.
  • Teacher/ Administrator: One letter should represent a teacher or administrator who is familiar with the student’s work and accomplishments.
  • Personal Reference: The second letter should come from a significant person in the child’s life (i.e. social worker, coach, mentor, etc.).
  • Parent: The parent letter should highlight the growth the student has shown since adoption. ​
The student’s most recent high school transcript and a copy of first semester’s grades. The student must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.
A copy of your Student Aid Report (FAFSA). Visit the web for complete FAFSA details including deadlines at

Didn’t take the ACT/SAT? No problem. Just send us documentation. 


A copy of your adoption or legal guardianship paperwork.

​Requirements to Maintain Scholarship:

If you are selected as the scholarship recipient, you may be awarded a $5,000 grant every semester (for a 4 year institution) if you meet the maintenance standards. Our standards align with Federal Grant standards.

Minimum 2.5 GPA during school – if your GPA falls below 2.5 your scholarship will be considered ‘under review’ by the scholarship committee and additional actions will be required
At the end of every semester you will submit your grades and proof of registration for the next semester
You will maintain an ethical code of conduct personally, academically and professionally
You will maintain communication with UMPS CARE staff and/or your mentor throughout each semester​

Watch this video from All-Star College Scholarship recipient Katherine Atkins, who is now a graduate of Appalachian State and was mentored throughout her college journey by MLB Umpire Fieldin Culbreth and Amy Guccione, wife of MLB Umpire Chris Guccione.


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