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  • The George Floyd Memorial Foundation has awarded more than $50,000 in scholarships since its founding.
  • The foundation, which is based in Fayetteville, N.C., was founded in August 2020.
  • “Our hope at the George Floyd Memorial Foundation is that these high-achieving students will become attorneys, activists and scholars who will work to ensure people are treated fairly around the world,” foundation executive director Jacari Harris Harris said in a statement.

The George Floyd Memorial Foundation has awarded more than $50,000 in scholarships since its founding, the foundation said Monday. 

The fund, created to honor the memory of the 46-year-old Black man whose death at the hands of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin led to nationwide protests and racial reckoning, said it has awarded $15,000 to law students, $2,500 scholarships to undergraduates and $10,000 to interns and $25,000 Fayetteville State University, The Associated Press (AP) reported. 

“Our hope at the George Floyd Memorial Foundation is that these high-achieving students will become attorneys, activists and scholars who will work to ensure people are treated fairly around the world,” foundation executive director Jacari Harris Harris said in a statement.

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The foundation, which is based in Fayetteville, N.C. was founded in August 2020 -- around 3 months after Floyd’s death. 

“As the days, months and years go by, one thing is true: my brother George’s death truly changed the world and by offering support to these students, it will allow us to continue to bring hope to those in need,” Bridgett Floyd, George Floyd’s sister and founder of the George Floyd Memorial Foundation, added. 

Foundation scholarship recipient Venesia Campbell said in a statement she is hopeful the scholarship she earned will help her launch a successful law career. 

“Being blessed with this scholarship will afford me the opportunity to attain my goal of contributing to African-American female representation in the legal field and to show other young women that the sky is not the limit, it is just the beginning,” Campbell said. 

Derek Chauvin was sentenced to more than two decades in prison, and is awaiting trial on federal civil rights charges along with three other former Minneapolis police officers. 

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Published on Sep 13, 2021