North Central University in downtown Minneapolis is one of several universities to offer a scholarship in George Floyd’s name.
At Floyd’s memorial service at North Central University on June 4, the school’s President Scott Hagan announced the scholarship for aspiring black leaders. Hagan also challenged other universities to do the same.
“Far beyond North Central University, I am now challenging every university president in the United States of America to establish your own George Floyd Memorial Scholarship Fund, so people across this nation can give to the college of their choice,” Hagan said.
Before the scholarship was announced, Hagan said $53,000 had already been committed.
More than 15 colleges and universities across the county have created scholarships in Floyd’s name, including Arizona, Alabama State and Missouri State.
The University of Minnesota also established their own scholarship in honor of Floyd. The scholarship will support undergraduate students from underrepresented backgrounds with a focus on racial and social justice.
Other Minnesota institutions to donate to the cause include the Pohlad family, who own the Minnesota Twins, donating $25 million to racial justice causes in the Twin Cities. The Vikings also announced Wednesday a $5 million donation to racial and social justice causes.