Duquesne University Tuesday announced creation of a $1 million Roberto Clemente Endowed Scholarship in what it called the first college scholarship named for the late Pittsburgh Pirate great.
The scholarship, detailed at an event inside the Gunner's Lounge, at PNC Park, honors Clemente's contributions to the city and devotion to diversity and social justice, as well as for his humanitarian efforts, school officials said.
The scholarship, endowed by the university with its own funds, will be awarded based on merit and financial need beginning in the fall to eligible Hispanic freshmen.
Clemente, a native of Puerto Rico, did charitable work there and across Latin America. He was killed in a plane crash on Dec. 31, 1972, as emergency supplies were being brought to Managua, Nicaragua, following a major earthquake.
"I believe that Duquesne University has embedded in its mission and culture the similar characteristics of Roberto Clemente -- not the baseball player, but the humanitarian and civil rights leader," said a statement from Roberto Clemente Jr., who attended the event at PNC.