The Missouri State University Foundation has started two scholarship funds in memory of George Floyd and David Dorn.
Floyd died in May while in Minneapolis police custody. Dorn was 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,” Missouri State President Clif Smart said.
“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. It will also serve as a constant reminder of the work to be done to create a welcoming and inclusive environment at Missouri State.”
Clif and Gail Smart made the first contribution to the George Floyd Scholarship fund, which will be funded solely with private money. Anyone can make a gift to the scholarship at missouristate.edu/GeorgeFloydScholarship.
Anyone can make a gift to the David Dorn Scholarship at missouristate.edu/DavidDornScholarship.
Scholarship eligibility requirements
- Be a full-time undergraduate or graduate student demonstrating Satisfactory Academic Progress.
- Demonstrate interest in and 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.
The Foundation will give serious consideration to all ways that students might contribute to a diverse educational environment, and will give preference to first-generation students.