Matthew Baylis Memorial Scholarship

After the attacks on 9/11, Matthew E. Baylis was determined that he would go into the Army and make a difference in the world. He had a family military history that dated back to the Civil War. Matthew joined the army during his last year of high school and departed for basic training at Fort Benning, Georgia in August 2005. He excelled in infantry combat training and was sent to Iraq in 2006. He was a member of the 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team. Matthew was in many firefights and quickly gained the respect of his fellow soldiers. Matthew was killed in action on May 31st, 2007 in Baghdad, Iraq.  He was 20 years old. The day Matthew was killed, his heroic actions actually saved the lives of many members of his platoon.  Matthew received a bronze star and a purple heart for his courageous efforts.

On Sunday, April 15th, Alpha Epsilon Pi at Hofstra University is proud and humbled to host The 1st Annual Specialist Matthew E. Baylis Homerun Derby. This annual philanthropy event will honor Matthew, raising money for The Specialist Matthew E. Baylis Memorial Scholarship Fund, a 501c organization set up by the Baylis family in Matthew's name to provide scholarships to children of veterans in need of assistance for college, trade school, or any advanced education. Alpha Epsilon Pi at Hofstra University has many brothers who will be joining (or have already joined) the US Armed Forces and we owe it to the military families to give back.

This past summer, a bridge in Oakdale was renamed in honor of Matthew. Oakdale-Bohemia Road over Sunrise Highway was renamed on July 8th when a sign was unveiled naming it the “Specialist Matthew E. Baylis Memorial Bridge.” His father, Richard Baylis, said it was an appropriate tribute to his son, who had graduated from Connetquot High School in 2005. Matthew had traveled to school passing over that bridge every day. 

Matthew was 20 years old when he honorably gave his life for our country. Please make a donation of $20+ in honor of Matthew's memory and toward this noble fund. 

If interested in sponsorship or participation at the Matthew E. Baylis Homerun Derby please contact Andrew Adrian (Alpha Epsilon Pi at Hofstra University) at [phone redacted] or [email redacted]stra.edu.

Thank you for your generous donations in honor of Matthew.

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Organizer and beneficiary

Andrew Adrian 
Organizer
Jericho, NY
Richard Baylis 
Beneficiary
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