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 almost 8 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.
“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 gifts made to the U of M Scholarship in honor of George Floyd. This doubles the impact (up to $50,000) 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.