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Duquesne University establishes Clemente scholarship to promote diversity

| Tuesday, May 7, 2013, 5:39 p.m.

Duquesne University officials said they hope a new scholarship honoring baseball legend Roberto Clemente will promote diversity among students.

University officials on Tuesday announced the establishment of the $1 million Roberto Clemente Endowed Scholarship, which will be awarded to Hispanic students entering the university as freshmen.

President Charles J. Dougherty said the university created and endowed the scholarship as a means to attract more Hispanic students.

About 200 Hispanic students are enrolled at Duquesne out of about 10,000 students, university spokeswoman Rose Ravasio said.

“We have a university commitment to diversity,” Dougherty said. “And one of our challenges has been attracting a diverse population of Hispanic students.”

Dougherty said he hopes scholarship recipients choose to live in Pittsburgh after graduation.

Duquesne will award three to five scholarships this summer. Awards are based on merit and financial need. The amount of the award hasn't been set.

The scholarship recognizes Clemente's philanthropic efforts and is billed as the late right fielder's first scholarship in higher education.

Clemente, who was born in Puerto Rico, played for the Pittsburgh Pirates for 18 seasons after making his baseball debut in 1955.

In 1972, Clemente died in a plane crash on New Year's Eve, attempting to bring supplies to earthquake victims in Nicaragua.

Christina Gallagher is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-380-5637 or cgallagher@tribweb.com.

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