North Central University in Minneapolis has started the George Floyd Scholarship Fund to honor the 46-year-old man whose caught-on-video killing has shocked the nation.
The university announced the new scholarship at Floyd’s memorial service Thursday, which was held on the grounds of the Christian institution.
The George Floyd Scholarship Fund will go toward the university’s Act Six program, “which produces future urban leaders.”
Dr. Scott Hagen, the president of the university who spoke during the memorial, then challenged every other president in America to do the same.
“I am now challenging every university president in the United States to establish your own George Floyd Memorial Scholarship Fund,” he said to applause.
Hagen said the fund for North Central University has already received $53,000.
North Central University sits about 3 miles from the intersection where Floyd was killed by Minneapolis police officers on May 25. His death has led nationwide protests against police brutality. At many demonstrations, cops have responded with even more brutality.
The Rev. Al Sharpton delivered the eulogy at Floyd’s private memorial, which was attended by friends, family and numerous other invitees.