During the 1958-59 off-season, Roberto Clemente enlisted in the United States Marine Corps Reserve, serving for the next six years while continuing his professional baseball career. Puerto Rican born Clemente was the first Caribbean and Latin-American player to be enshrined in the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Clemente credited the intense Marine Corps training with his ability to take up a heavier bat and a build a more aggressive approach to his on-field production.
In partnership with the Roberto Clemente Foundation, the MCSF is proud to establish the Roberto Clemente Memorial Scholarship. Awarded annually, the scholarship will honor Roberto’s legacy of service and sacrifice by ensuring children of Marines can pursue their education.
For donations larger than $20,000 or with questions, please contact Keith Moore at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Donations by check are also accepted via mail at the following address: Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, 909 N. Washington Street, Suite 400, Alexandria, VA 22314. Please ensure “Roberto Clemente Memorial Scholarship” is in the memo line.