George Floyd Memorial Scholarship Fund



Updated 6/23/20
 
Because we have received questions seeking additional clarity, provided below is additional background around the establishment of the George Floyd Memorial Scholarship at KU Endowment.
 
On June 4 during the memorial service it hosted, Minnesota’s North Central University President Scott Hagan announced a challenge to universities across the nation. The challenge was for every American college and university to establish a scholarship in memory of Mr. Floyd. You can view the video below.
 

 
More than a dozen universities such as the University of Minnesota, the University of Utah and Ohio University have also stepped up to the challenge. The University of Kansas accepted the challenge and KU Endowment worked to swiftly establish a George Floyd Memorial Scholarship which was announced at KU’s virtual vigil on June 10.
 
While numerous positive responses have been received, some questions have arisen. Per KU’s scholarship awarding procedures, the scholarship will support a recipient(s) demonstrating financial need and who will contribute to the diversity of the student body. 100% of every gift made in support of this fund at KU Endowment will be used to provide scholarship support.
 
The University of Kansas and KU Endowment remain committed to bringing the needed change to our institutions. You can learn more about KU Endowment’s statement on diversity by clicking here.
 

Original post on 6/10/20

The death of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer has left many of us wanting more for our communities—more equitable treatment, more economic development and more opportunities. 
 
The University of Kansas is committed to bringing about the change that our nation so desperately needs in institutions of higher education. KU has more work to do and is committed to doing it.
 
As one step forward, Chancellor Girod announced the formation of the George Floyd Memorial Scholarship at KU. Established from donor support and as a permanently endowed fund, it will serve as a perpetual reminder of the value placed on diversity and education at the University of Kansas.

Your gift will ensure the Jayhawk community is able to build a more diverse KU student body by providing financial support to select students seeking a Jayhawk education.