A fund that was created to honor George Floyd and raise awareness on racial issues has awarded more than $50,000 in scholarships since it was founded.
According to the Associated Press, the George Floyd Memorial Foundation recently gave “scholarships valued at $1,000 to 15 law school students, scholarships valued at $10,000 to interns and $2,500 scholarships to undergraduate students.” The foundation also granted $25,000 to Fayetteville State University, a historically Black college in North Carolina.
On Monday (Sept. 13), Jacari Harris, executive director of the organization, released a statement, saying that the scholarships keep Floyd’s memory alive and helps students.
“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.
Floyd was murdered on May 25, 2020 after former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for more than nine minutes. Back in April, Chauvin was convicted of manslaughter and murder for Floyd’s death and was sentenced to 22.5 years in prison.
The three other former officers — Thomas Lane, J. Alexander Kueng and Tou Thao — are awaiting trial on aiding and abetting charges for their involvement in the 46-year-old Black man’s death. All four ex-cops are also facing federal charges for violating Floyd’s civil rights while acting under government authority.
Bridgett Floyd, Floyd’s sister and founder of the foundation, said, “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.”