George Floyd Memorial Foundation Awarded Over $50K in Scholarships
In SummaryA foundation set up in honor of George Floyd has awarded more than $50,000 in scholarship funds to students and to an HBCU since it was founded in August 2020.
A fund established to honor George Floyd and raise awareness about racial injustice has provided more than $50,000 in scholarships since its inception, per The Associated Press.
The George Floyd Memorial Foundation has awarded $1,000 scholarships to 15 law school students, $10,000 in scholarships to interns and $2,500 in scholarships to undergraduate students. Fayetteville State University, a historically Black college and university (HBCU) in North Carolina, also received a $25,000 grant.
Foundation Executive Director Jacari Harris said they’re thrilled to provide much-needed support for the scholars.
“Our hope at the George Floyd Memorial Foundation is that these high-achieving students will become attorneys, activists and scholars who will work to ensure people are treated fairly around the world,” Harris said in a statement.
Bridgett Floyd, George Floyd’s sister and the memorial foundation’s founder, believes it is critical to maintain momentum in order to achieve meaningful change.
“As the days, months and years go by, one thing is true: my brother George’s death truly changed the world and by offering support to these students, it will allow us to continue to bring hope to those in need,” she said in a statement.
Floyd was killed on May 25, 2020, when Derek Chauvin, a former Minneapolis police officer, kneeled on his neck for over eight minutes. Chauvin has since been sentenced to 270 months, or 22.5 years in prison on counts of second and third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. Thomas Lane, J. Kueng and Tou Thao, officers who were all present at the scene but did not intervene, will stand trial in March 2022.
Bridgett, along with other Floyd family members, launched the George Floyd Memorial Foundation in Floyd’s birthplace of North Carolina in August 2020. According to its website, the foundation aims to combine voices for change, confront the systemic challenges that our community faces and end the violence and murder of unarmed, nonviolent, and non-resisting Black people.