Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti and his wife, Renee Bisciotti, are donating $4 million to Maryland’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), according to a press release from the NFL team.
The donation, which comes from The Stephen and Renee Bisciotti Foundation, is in honor of Ozzie Newsome, the Ravens’ personnel executive and Pro Hall of Famer. The money will be used to create the Ozzie Newsome Scholars Program.
“The brilliance of Ozzie Newsome extends far beyond his accolades as a player and executive,” Bisciotti said in the press release. “Throughout his entire life, Ozzie has inspired and uplifted everyone around him with his leadership, humility and determination. We hope that Ozzie’s example will inspire each of the Newsome scholars.”
The Ozzie Newsome Scholars Program will fund scholarships for graduates from the Baltimore City Public Schools system who attend an HBCU in Maryland.
The program will boast 80 students for four years, with 20 freshmen being chosen every year starting in the 2022-2023 academic year. Each student will receive an annual scholarship of $10,000, according to the press release.