In the wake of George Floyd’s death and in solidarity with protests sparked throughout the country and across the world, Northeastern Illinois University joins the call to action from Dr. Scott Hagan, President of North Central University, to establish a scholarship to honor Mr. Floyd’s memory. We will say his name and honor his legacy by continuing to educate the next generation of diverse leaders to address systemic racism, inequality and injustice in its many forms.
The George Floyd Social Justice Scholarship will establish a permanent resource for NEIU students, the majority of whom are people of color, who are dedicated to pursuing leadership roles in the multifaceted, intersectional work of social justice.
Through contributions to the NEIU Foundation, the University will build an endowed scholarship with an initial fundraising goal of $50,000.
The University is developing the application process and criteria. The George Floyd Social Justice Scholarship will build upon Northeastern’s long-established history of activism as we empower the next generation of conscientious organizers, activists, educators, social workers, scholars, business leaders and elected officials.
“Our 'new normal' must be a full and sustained commitment to justice and equality," President Gloria J. Gibson said. "This is one step toward that larger goal, and it starts with me, it starts with you, and it will be implemented through all of us, working together. As we support the educational promise of our aspiring socially conscious leaders, we acknowledge their talents and potential to change the world.”
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