TASO Houston Baseball Chapter awards 30 scholarships to local high school seniors

The Houston Chapter of the Texas Association of Sports Officials and the TASO Houston Baseball Umpire Scholarship Foundation proudly announces the winners for the 2015 Baseball Umpire scholarships to local graduating seniors who played baseball as part of their high school experience.  For the second consecutive year a total of 30 scholarships are being awarded from funds raised by the umpire's activities, including an annual fund-raising baseball tournament.  Scholarship winners were selected from more than 40 applications, based on academic achievement, financial need, essay writing, and coach's recommendations. 


This year's winners will each receive $1500 sent directly to their college of choice, as well as a commemorative plaque to record the honor.  The majority of the scholarship funds are generated from a yearly tournament, held in September, at 24 various fields; the majority are high school fields. 64 Varsity and 32 Sub-Varsity teams compete for the opportunity to play in the finals. The tournament finals have recently moved from Minute Maid Park to the new Constellation Field, home of the Sugar Land Skeeters.


Umpires Bob Charmo, Paul Burchfield and Andy Lundy hatched the baseball scholarship idea in 1999.  They felt that baseball had enriched their lives in many ways and they wanted to give something to the younger generation.  The idea has grown from an initial two scholarships to this year's 30. The Houston Baseball Chapter of the Texas Association of Sports Officials and TASO Houston Baseball Umpire Scholarship Foundation has proudly raised and awarded over $500,000 in the last 15 years.  Direct donations can be made to the TASO Houston Baseball Umpire Scholarship Foundation a registered 501(C)(3) tax-deductible organization


Foundation president, Fred Benson, said that he had a wonderful time contacting this year's winners.  "Usually Umpires are the center of attention when there is a big dispute.  It was great to joke with the kids and their parents, while making the awards, and wishing them all the best in their future education."


This year's awards banquet will be held for the first time at Constellation Field on June 23, 2015. The Skeeters will honor all the winners in a pregame ceremony. Please come and enjoy the game and help us celebrate these outstanding individuals.


The Houston Baseball Chapter of the Texas Association of Sports Officials has over 325 active Umpires, both men and women, who officiate at more than 170 local schools.


Contact:  If you would like to donate to the Scholarship foundation or learn more about becoming an Umpire, contact:  Fred Benson at


Here is the full list of 2015 Houston TASO Scholarship Recipients


David Ramirez        

Baytown Lee High School

Jordan Brown              

Clear Creek High School  

James Tonnies

Clear Falls High School

Hayden Pratt

Covenant Christian

Sam Goodfriend     

Dulles High School

Cooper Weatherly  

Dulles High School

Zach Miller

Fort Bend Austin

Christopher Quisquinay 

Galena Park High School

Jaime Hernandez    

Galena Park High School

Jonathan Sliepka        

Jersey Village High School

Louis (Tray) Irving  

Katy Taylor High School

Kirby Stockard        

Katy Taylor High School

Kendrick Holmes                  

Katy Taylor High School

Grady Hefley         

Lamar High School

Carson Maxwell     

Lamar High School

Ryan Finke

Langham Creek High School

Austin Alexis

Manvel High School

Kyle Rogers

Manvel High School

Rafael Reyes

Milby High School

Ben Paddock                       

Pearland High School

Cole Bishop

Ridge Point High School

Brad Henry 

Seven Lakes High School

James Phillips                         

Spring High School

Robert Lammons                     

Spring High School

Sara Mundkowsky

Tomball High School

Brylan Elmore   

Tomball Memorial High School

Kyle Larsen       

Tomball Memorial High School

Dylan Murrell    

Tomball Memorial High School

Taylor Masaryk    

Westside HISD High School

Grogan Matthews               

Willis High School



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