Less than a fortnight after Dr. Scott Hagan, President of North Central University, challenged “every university president within us to determine your own George Floyd Memorial Scholarship Fund,” quite a dozen colleges and universities have followed North Central’s lead and began scholarships in memory of Floyd, the person whose death at the hands of Minneapolis police has led to massive national protests and worldwide demonstrations.
Hagan announced his institution was establishing a George Floyd Memorial Scholarship at the start of the memorial service for Mr. Floyd, hosted by North Central, little Christian university in downtown Minneapolis. He then urged college presidents across the state to try to an equivalent.
So far, quite a dozen other universities have committed to making their own George Floyd Memorial Scholarships, and several other others are exploring the thought. In many cases, the primary funds for the scholarship were donated by the president of the university.
Here are the institutions and their announcements establishing George Floyd scholarships:
The University of Minnesota Floyd scholarship is for “undergraduate students whose identities are underrepresented at the University of Minnesota, or undergraduate students whose studies specialize in racial and social justice.”
Missouri State University established two scholarships, one for Floyd and one for David Dorn, a retired St. Louis captain who has shot to death during looting therein city on June 2. Clif Smart, President of Missouri State, stated, “We are creating these scholarships as a logo of the university’s commitment to and investment in young Black Americans poised to require leadership of our nation. it’ll also function as a continuing reminder of the work to be done to make a welcoming and inclusive environment at Missouri State.” Smart and his wife, Gail, made the primary donations to every fund.
At the University of Mary Washington, President Troy Paino and his wife, Kelly, made a present of $5,000 to initiate a Floyd scholarship that “will promote the event of leadership skills for college kids committed to addressing societal issues disproportionately affecting Black and underrepresented communities.”
In just three days, Southeast Missouri State University received donations from 33 donors, raising 60% toward its announced $10,000 goal for a Floyd scholarship. Southeast President Carlos Vargas and his wife, Pam, were the primary to contribute.
Clarkson University established a Floyd scholarship, endowed by Clarkson Board of Trustees Chair Thomas L. Kassouf. it’s intended to “invest during a new generation of young Black Americans poised and prepared to steer our nation both professionally and in demanding racial justice and endeavoring to form a positive impact on the planet .”
Northeastern Illinois University announced it had been creating a George Floyd Social Justice Scholarship for college kids who “are dedicated to pursuing leadership roles within the multifaceted, intersectional work of social justice.” The University set an initial fundraising goal of $50,000 in endowed funds.
Alabama State University President, Dr. Quinton T. Ross, Jr., announced the George Floyd/Greg Gunn Memorial Scholarship in honor of the memory of two men who lost their lives at the hands of cops.
“During the memorial service for George Floyd, universities across the state were challenged to determine a scholarship in Floyd’s name by the president of North Central University where the service was held,” said Ross. “I decided to incorporate Greg Gunn within the naming of our scholarship. He was a person who was chased by a Montgomery policeman through an area neighborhood and killed just steps faraway from his mother’s front entrance. Gunn on just one occasion attended classes at Alabama State University. This scholarship is also representative of Floyd, Gunn, and any Black man or Black woman who has died in similar situations.”
In Memphis, the Shelby County Schools and therefore the University of Memphis committed to making the George Floyd Memorial Scholarship fund, intending to provide college scholarships to as many African American Male Academy members as possible (the Academy may be a partnership between the varsity district and therefore the university to spice up graduation rates).
At Ohio University, Floyd scholarships are going to be awarded to current students who demonstrate leadership through multi-cultural student organizations and diversity-based initiatives at Ohio University also on incoming students who have a history of diversity-based leadership in their high school careers or communities.
Concord University (West Virginia) announced that it had been starting a replacement scholarship, endowed by Concord alum Charles Hall, to honor the memory of Mr, Floyd.
SUNY Buffalo State College established the George Floyd Memorial Scholarship “to lift future African American leaders who support racial justice and equity efforts in their communities.” Endowed with an initial $250,000, the scholarship aims to supply one incoming first-year student a $10,000 scholarship which will be renewable over four years.
The University of Utah has created the George Floyd Memorial Fund within the Black Cultural Center. it’s not a scholarship, but it’ll directly support students and programs committed to advancing the interests of the subsequent generation of aspiring Black leaders.
Other Floyd scholarship announcements are made by:
Winona State University
St. Norbert College
Le Moyne – Owen College
Momentum for the scholarships appears to be learning steam across the country. consistent with North Central, institutions in Arizona, Oregon, Texas, and Louisiana have reached out for information about starting their scholarships. The Tennessee General Assembly is considering a replacement resolution that might urge every college and university to determine a George Floyd Scholarship Fund.
In related moves, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, founded in 1908 at Howard University by Black collegiate women, will provide scholarships to the daughter and granddaughters of George Floyd to attend an HBCU of their choosing, and Texas Southern University, an HBCU in Houston, promised Floyd’s six-year-old daughter Gianna a full scholarship should she attend the varsity.