Photo courtesy of Austin Hays/Twitter.

Baltimore Orioles outfielder Austin Hays will award a $20,000 scholarship to one Maryland high school or college student.

Hays created the Austin Hays Scholarship in partnership with the Orioles and Bold.org, a platform that helps fight student debt by allowing individuals, organizations and companies to offer personalized scholarships, grants and fellowships.  

Hays, who personally funded $10,000 with an equal match from the Orioles Charitable Foundation, is part of a long list of athletes who have supported education through Bold.org, including NBA star Carmelo Anthony, who grew up in Baltimore. 

According to Bold.org, Hays “knows what hard work looks like, and he understands what it takes to achieve big dreams.” Now, he’s paying it forward by using his position to give back to a student who needs financial support.  

“The state of Maryland, through the Orioles and its fans, has given so much to me and my family,” Hays said in a statement. “So much so, that we wanted to make an impact on the lives of some of the young students within Maryland’s community. The Austin Hays scholarship allows us to do so. With the help of the Orioles and Bold.org, we are looking forward to helping a young student access a quality education.”

Applicants must write a brief essay telling Hays about a dream or goal they hope to achieve and how they plan to accomplish it.

Scholarship applications are due Aug. 21, and the winner will be announced at an Orioles game in September. 

For more information, visit www.bold.org/scholarships/austinhays.

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