ATHENS, Ohio — Ohio University and The Ohio University Foundation have established the George Floyd Memorial Scholarship.
The university established the scholarship after the president of North Central University asked universities to consider creating it during Floyd’s memorial service in Minneapolis. Floyd died on Memorial Day after ex-officer Derek Chauvin was recorded kneeling on his neck for several minutes as he gasped for breath with his face against the pavement.
The George Floyd Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to student leaders who demonstrate leadership through multicultural student organizations and diversity initiatives at Ohio University or who have shown diversity-related leadership in their high schools or communities, according to the university.
“This scholarship program that we have created is just one way that we can take a stand against racism,” Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion Gigi Secuban said. “Ohio University is committed to diversity and inclusion, and we stand strong in solidarity with our community members of color, especially African American community members.”
The George Floyd Memorial Scholarship Fund at Ohio University has already received generous contributions from members of the University community, the school said.