On the day African American George Floyd was laid to rest, Texas Southern University announced it would be giving a full scholarship to the deceased’s 6-year-old.
The death of Floyd while being held down by the Police spurred global demands for an end to police brutality. TSU’s Board of Regents, with its foundation board, “has approved a fund to provide a full scholarship for Floyd’s beloved daughter, Gianna,” the university announced in a social media post.
“TSU’s executive and academic staff will prepare a place for Miss Floyd if she wishes to attend the University.”
Late George Floyd was born in North Carolina and grew up in Houston, where he graduated from Jack Yates High School in the shadow of TSU.
Floyd later moved to Minneapolis, where he died on May 25 while detained by police. Floyd’s funeral took place Tuesday in Houston.
His family was joined by relatives of other black people who lost their lives at the hands of police. Floyd was buried next to his mother, whom he called for as he was dying.
TSU’s board wrote,
The Board of Regents of Texas Southern University (TSU) honors the memory of George Floyd on the day that he is laid to eternal rest. Mr. Floyd was a lifelong citizen of the Third Ward and a revered graduate of Jack Yates High School. The Board, in conjunction with the TSU Foundation Board, has approved a fund to provide a full scholarship for Floyd’s beloved daughter, Gianna. TSU’s executive and academic staff will prepare a place for Miss Floyd if she wishes to attend the University.