Recipients of the The Ozzie Newsome Scholars program have been selected.
Chosen were a total of 20 Baltimore city high school graduates that are each incoming
freshmen to one of Maryland’s historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs): Bowie State
University, Coppin State University, Morgan State University and the University of Maryland
Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti and his wife, Renee, created the scholarship program in
honor of longtime Ravens executive Ozzie Newsome.
The Stephen and Renee Bisciotti Foundation made a $4 million gift in his name to all four of
Maryland’s HBCUs, providing $1 million in scholarship funds to each institution. The Bisciotti
Foundation also donated $400,000 to the CollegeBound Foundation to fund the Newsome
Scholar’s participation in that program.
The CollegeBound program empowers Baltimore city school students to successfully pursue
and complete a college degree. These students will be provided financial guidance, a peer
mentor, and a college completion advisor. They will also participate in three annual skills-building seminars and join other city school graduates in a “transition to college” workshop.
Steve Bisciotti congratulated the inaugural class at a recognition event.
“I know you will learn and accomplish a great deal over the next several years, as you work to become the future leaders of Baltimore and Maryland,” he said.
Scholars will annually receive $10,000 for up to five years of college, totaling $50,000 per
recipient. Beginning with the 2022-23 school year, 20 new freshmen scholars will be selected
every year for four years, producing a total of 80 Ozzie Newsome Scholars.
“I’m excited to see our deserving students embrace this opportunity and take the next step in
their academic lives,” Newsome said. “I have several family members who attended
HBCUs, and my admiration for these special institutions is immense. It is an honor to be
involved with this amazing scholarship, and I am incredibly grateful to Steve and Renee for their