George Floyd And David Dorn Memorial Scholarship At Missouri State: MSU President Clif Smart announced Friday on Twitter that the university accepted the challenge to establish a scholarship named for Floyd. He and his wife Gail announced they will make the first contribution.
Scholarships at Missouri State have been established in memory of George Floyd, who died in Minneapolis police custody, and David Dorn, a retired St. Louis police captain who died during looting in early June.
“We share the pain and horror of the death of George Floyd. And we’re saddened by the death of David Dorn,” Smart said Monday, in a release.
“We are creating these scholarships as a symbol of the university’s commitment to and investment in young Black Americans poised to take leadership of our nation.”
He added: “It will also serve as a constant reminder of the work to be done to create a welcoming and inclusive environment at Missouri State.”
George Floyd And David Dorn Memorial Scholarship At Missouri State Eligibility Criteria
The eligibility requirements for the scholarships include being a full-time undergraduate or graduate student demonstrating satisfactory academic progress.
The individual must also demonstrate a commitment to promoting a society that is just, equitable and inclusive of all individuals irrespective of race, age, sex, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability.
At a memorial for Floyd, whose killing has provoked civil rights protests in many cities — including Springfield — Scott Hagan, president of North Central University, located in Minneapolis, challenged every college and university to establish a scholarship in the memory of Floyd.
In a Forbes column written by Michael Nietzel, president emeritus of Missouri State, he acknowledged the proposed scholarships will “not solve higher education’s problems of unequal access for poor and minority students.
“It will not end racial prejudice,” Nietzel wrote in the column.
But, he suggested the scholarships will be a “symbol of compassion and an invitation to minority students that ‘this college wants you here.'”
The Missouri State University Foundation has established both scholarships and anyone can make a gift to them:
- George Floyd scholarship: www.missouristate.edu/GeorgeFloydScholarship
- David Dorn scholarships: www.missouristate.edu/DavidDornScholarship
George Floyd And David Dorn Memorial Scholarship At Missouri State Scholarship Coverage
The foundation will also give weight to first-generation students and those who might contribute to a more diverse educational environment.
The News-Leader reached out to other local colleges and universities to see if any had plans for similar scholarships. Drury and Evangel officials responded that universities provide significant financial support, including scholarships, for students from diverse backgrounds.
“We are seeking ways to increase access at Drury. We are examining the ways we can better combat racism on our campus and in our community,” said Mike Brothers, executive director of university relations. “We are currently listening to what the community needs and wants, and will move forward from there.”
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