The Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association has awarded Emily Mildner of Pine Bush, N.Y. a Patricia Louise Masotto/Brenda Driscoll scholarship.

The scholarship is based on academic and athletic success as well as community service. The scholarship’s namesakes were best friends and top women’s soccer players from Massapequa, N.Y.. Eastern New York set up a scholarship in their name after they were killed by a drunk driver in 1985.

Mildner also received an East Hudson Youth Soccer League scholarship.

She started playing soccer at the age of six. Mildner plays for the Marlboro Mustangs as well as competing for the Hudson Valley Select Team and was the captain of the Walkill High School girls varsity team.

In her essay, Mildner wrote: “I love the sport, and am beyond thrilled to be continuing to play in college. Soccer has taught me so many lessons on and off the field. Many of these lessons I would not have learned anywhere else. From dedication and time management, to communication and positivity, soccer has helped me excel in many other aspects of my life. I have also had the pleasure of coaching and refereeing youth soccer, which adds a whole new dimension to the game. It has helped me develop my communication skills and my patience. Not only is it fun, but it gives back to the community in so many positive ways.”

Mildner is a member of the National Honor Society, the Spanish National Honor Society as well as being in the Walkill Strings Orchestra, the Walkill Wind Ensemble, the Walkill Jazz Ensemble, the Walkill Percussion Ensemble plus was selected for the All-County Honors Band and the All-County Strings Orchestra.

She graduated from Walkill Senior High School in June and attend Utica College as a physical therapy major.