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Texas Southern University giving full scholarship to George Floyd's daughter

Texas Southern University giving full scholarship to George Floyd's daughter
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Texas Southern University (TSU), a historically black college in Houston, is giving a full scholarship to George Floyd's daughter, Gianna. 

The university’s announcement on Tuesday came the same day as George Floyd's funeral in Houston, his hometown. George Floyd died in Minneapolis police custody on May 25, sparking massive unrest in dozens of U.S. cities. 

TSU said in a Facebook post giving Gianna the scholarship “honors the memory of George Floyd on the day that he is laid to eternal rest."

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"Mr. Floyd was a lifelong citizen of the Third Ward and a revered graduate of Jack Yates High School,” its statement said, referring to a portion of southeast Houston where TSU is located. 

“The Board, in conjunction with the TSU Foundation Board, has approved a fund to provide a full scholarship for Floyd's beloved daughter, Gianna," it added.

TSU Foundation Chairman Gerald Smith said in a statement that the foundation "is proud to provide this privately-funded scholarship." 

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"We know that this gesture cannot take the place of her dad's loving presence, but we hope that it will contribute to easing her journey through life,” Albert Myres, chairman of the TSU board of regents, added. 

The school has issued a resolution acknowledging George Floyd’s life and connection to the community.

The resolution commemorates him "leading his football team to the state championship" and being a community leader and "an aspiring musician." It also noted he moved to Minneapolis in 2014 to focus on "bettering himself, promoting anti-gun violence, and supporting his children."