Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti has donated $4 million to create the Ozzie Newsome Scholars Program, in honor of former Baltimore Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome. The money will be given to graduates of Baltimore City Public Schools s who choose to attend a Maryland historically Black college and university, The Root reported.
The Stephen and Renee Bisciotti Foundation has committed $1 million each to Maryland’s four HBCUs: Bowie State University, Coppin State University, Morgan State University and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.
Every spring, the four schools will pick five high school graduates each as Ozzie Newsome Scholars for the coming first-year class.
Starting the 2022-23 school year, 20 first-year scholars will be picked every year for four years – 80 scholars throughout the course of the program.
Ozzie Newsome Scholars will receive a $10,000 annual scholarship for up to five years of college – a total of up to $50,000 per scholar.
The foundation will also donate an additional $400,000 to the CollegeBound Foundation to fund the Newsome Scholar’s participation in the College Completion Program.