top of page


Making a difference
for promising young baseball players

The Oriole Advocates Charitable Foundation funds two scholarship programs for rising baseball players attending schools in the greater Baltimore metro area. Learn more about the Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) and Don Blum scholarship programs.

CCBC scholarship

In the summer of 2008, Bob Harden, a long-time member of the Oriole Advocates and former chair of our Cardboard to Leather® program, spearheaded an effort to create a scholarship for baseball players at CCBC’s Catonsville campus. Head coach Dan Blue was a long-time supporter of Cardboard to Leather®, and the scholarship program aligned with our commitment to instill a shared love of baseball and competition while giving back to the community. 


In 2019, the scholarship program expanded to include players at the Essex and Dundalk campuses of CCBC. To date, more than 50 players have each received between $500–$2000 to use toward their school expenses.

Don Blum scholarship

In honor of Donald Blum’s 50+ years of service to the Oriole Advocates, the Oriole Advocates Charitable Foundation established the Donald J. Blum Scholarship at Mount Saint Joseph’s High School in 2017. The scholarship is awarded to a student in his junior or senior year who meets the financial aid criteria for the school, is on track to play varsity baseball, and maintains a 2.75 GPA


Each year, a promising young ball player is awarded $5,000 to use in pursuit of their education.

Rocco Marquez
CCBC Essex

“This scholarship helps me to keep my college expenses low and allows me to focus on my academics and baseball as I prepare to transfer in the fall to a four-year university. I am very appreciative of the Oriole Advocates Foundation for establishing this scholarship.”

bottom of page