Umpires award scholarships to college-bound students

The Milford Umpires Association (MUA), a member of the Amateur Softball Association of America (ASA), recently awarded six college scholarships, made possible through the collection of team fees from local ASA adult slow-pitch softball tournaments.

Gina Georgetti and Kyle Michaelson from Foran High, John Ciesla and Rachel Hannan from Jonathan Law, Staci D’Andrea from Lauralton Hall and Haley Cologgi from Amity High of Woodbridge were awarded the 2013 scholarships.

“We congratulate the recipients, and wish them the best in their future studies,” said Russ Pasacreta, president of the MUA. “It’s very gratifying to award these scholarships. In addition to their athletic and academic achievements, these young people have distinguished themselves by serving the community. We salute them.”

Georgetti, who excelled in softball, is majoring in secondary education at Eastern Connectcut State University.

Michaelson, a tennis standout, is attending Quinnipiac University and majoring in occupational therapy.

Ciesla, who played baseball, is attending Western New England University.

Hannan, who played volleyball, is attending Stonehill College.

D’Andrea, who played volleyball and soccer while at Lauralton, is attending Dean College.

Cologgi, a softball player, is majoring in radiology at St. Vincent College.

In addition to funding these scholarships, the MUA donates to the local Toys for Tots campaign and the Milford Food Bank.

The Association has 30 members, who provide umpiring services to the City of Milford Recreation Department, as well as state and national softball tournaments.