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Kirby Puckett's lasting legacy felt at the U, too

The University News Service notes that the Minnesota baseball legend, who died yesterday after suffering a stroke on Sunday, in 1994 created an endowment that makes it financially possible for promising Minnesota high school students to attend the University:

“People will forever remember Kirby Puckett as a legendary Minnesota Twin,? said university President Robert Bruininks. “But here at the U, he'll forever be a 'Minnesota Gopher' for his long-term commitment to enabling young people to achieve their dreams.?

Gerald Fischer, president and CEO of the University of Minnesota Foundation said, “The Puckett Scholars program has made a profound difference in the lives of young people. To date, these scholarships have changed the lives of 45 students, and over time, the program will help hundreds more. Because the Puckett Scholars program was set up as an endowment, it will forever be helping young people achieve a college education. What a legacy.?

Ibanga Umanah, a senior in the university's Carlson School of Management and a Puckett Scholar, said, “Kirby was a great man, it was an honor to have met him, and it means a lot that he would give back to students like me so generously.?