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UMD Scholarship in honor of George Floyd, Jr.
A call for racial justice
UMD announces a UMD scholarship that honors George Floyd
On June 5, 2020, I 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, 2020, he was killed by a Minneapolis police officer who kneeled on Floyd's neck for almost 9 minutes. During Floyd's memorial service, universities nationwide were called upon to create scholarships in his honor to help create a more just and equitable world.
The Scholarship in Honor of George Floyd Jr supports undergraduate students at UMD. To the maximum extent possible, preference will be given to students who will enhance the diversity of the student body as described by the University. In evaluating student body diversity, after the eligible pool of candidates is selected, an additional consideration will be given to Black or African American students if they are underrepresented at UMD. Eligible students, including those with financial need and those who have been victims of police violence, will be considered for the scholarship. Your gift will honor the memory of George Floyd by supporting underrepresented students, including the Black or African American leaders of tomorrow.Thank you for your continued support of UMD and for your commitment to creating a campus climate that truly welcomes and supports all members of our campus community.
With sincere commitment and appreciation,
Lendley C. Black