Texas Southern University has offered George Floyd’s 6-year-old daughter Gianna a full scholarship to the institution should she choose to attend when she reaches college-age.
CBS News reports the university made the announcement via Facebook on Tuesday, the day of Floyd’s funeral in his hometown, Houston.
The Board of Regents of Texas Southern University (TSU) honors the memory of George Floyd on the day that he is laid to...Posted by Texas Southern University on Tuesday, June 9, 2020
According to TSU’s Facebook post, the gesture aims to honor “the memory of George Floyd on the day that he is laid to eternal rest.”
“Mr. Floyd was a lifelong citizen of the Third Ward and a revered graduate of Jack Yates High School. The Board, in conjunction with the TSU Foundation Board, has approved a fund to provide a full scholarship for Floyd’s beloved daughter, Gianna,” the post continued.
Gianna told CBS Minnesota that she has only happy memories of spending time with her dad.
“I remember when he used to take me outside … and then I used to get on his back and he used to carry me on his back all the time,” the little girl said. “It was super fun.”
Albert H. Myres, chair of the TSU board of regents, emphasized the importance of a college degree in the pursuit of a productive and successful life.
“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.”
Today, Third Ward community member George Floyd is being laid to rest. Texas Southern University Interim President Ken Huewitt and Board of Regents Chairman Albert Myres are present at the Celebration of Life service. pic.twitter.com/m4jKl3WYJS— Texas Southern University (@TexasSouthern) June 9, 2020
TSU Foundation Chairman Gerald Smith said that the foundation “is proud to provide this privately-funded scholarship.”
“We know the value of an education in the pursuit of solutions and generational progress. We look forward to embracing her into the TSU family.”
The school will “prepare a place” for Gianna “if she wishes to attend the University.”
The school also issued a resolution to Floyd’s family, to commemorate the man’s life and his impact on the community.
“He was raised in the Third Ward of Houston, Texas, lived in Cuney Homes, and attended Yates High School where he excelled in athletics, leading his football team to the state championship game,” the resolution reads. “… He pursued further studies at Texas A&M University-Kingsville.”
The resolution remembers Floyd as “an aspiring musician” and a community leader who acted as a mentor to young men. He was involved in his local ministry and committed to bettering himself over the course of his life. Floyd worked to end gun violence and supported his children.