A call for racial justice
The University of Minnesota announces a systemwide scholarship to honor George Floyd

On June 5, University of Minnesota President Joan Gabel announced a new scholarship honoring George Perry Floyd Jr.

Floyd, who had five children and two grandchildren, grew up in Houston and moved to Minneapolis in 2014, where he worked as a truck driver and security guard. On May 25, he was killed by a Minneapolis police officer who kneeled on Floyd's neck for more than 9 minutes. During his memorial service, universities nationwide were called upon to create scholarships in his honor to help create a more just and equitable world.

The scholarship

“There are tough questions that we must answer together as a community,” Gabel wrote in an email announcing the scholarship. “There are no shortcuts. We must move forward with a commitment to take action that leverages our diversity, research, teaching, and service missions to advance equity and to promote healing.”

The University of Minnesota Scholarship in honor of George Floyd supports students across the U of M system who enhance the diversity of the student body. Your gift honors the memory of George Floyd by supporting underrepresented students, including the Black or African American leaders of tomorrow.

As of January 22, 402 donors had given $90,431 to the scholarship. 

Double the impact

In line with the University of Minnesota Foundation (UMF) goal of supporting a more diverse student body, UMF leaders saw an opportunity to use strategic gift reserves to encourage more giving to this scholarship. The foundation's Board of Trustees was pleased to approve matching funds for new gifts made to the U of M Scholarship in honor of George Floyd after November 1, 2020 (up to $50,000).

This means that for a limited time, your gift to the U of M Scholarship in honor of George Floyd will be matched dollar for dollar. This doubles the impact of your gift!

Advancing racial justice 

Learn about other University of Minnesota initiatives that aim to advance racial justice and move us closer to a more just and equitable world.

Support the University of Minnesota Scholarship in honor of George Floyd

Why we give

"I gave to this scholarship because the University immediately spoke out strongly in support of equity and justice." 
—Erica B., Hopkins, Minnesota
"I am still grappling with the depth of racial disparity in the country. While I am honored to be a member of the University community, I would love to see young people of color succeed here. Thank you for answering the call and providing a space for us to contribute."
—Akosua O., Minneapolis, Minnesota
"As a first-time donor to the U of M, I'm proud to support the next generation of leaders committed to racial justice.​"
—Rebecca O., Portland, Oregon
"I donated to the scholarship honoring George Floyd because it's time for me to start being a part of the solution in changing the effects of institutionalized racism in this country."
—Cresta J., Eden Prairie, Minnesota

"I am proud to support this first step of many to honor George Floyd and bring justice and healing to our community. Our University has a vital role to play in the weeks, months, and years to come."
—Scott P., Minneapolis, Minnesota

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