Gianna Floyd, the six-year-old daughter of the late George Floyd, just received a full scholarship from Texas Southern University. The school announced the offer in a Facebook post that went up on the day of Floyd’s funeral.
“The Board of Regents of Texas Southern University (TSU) honors the memory of George Floyd on the day that he is laid to eternal rest,” the announcement began.
“The Board, in conjunction with the TSU Foundation Board, has approved a fund to provide a full scholarship for Floyd’s beloved daughter, Gianna. TSU’s executive and academic staff will prepare a place for Miss Floyd if she wishes to attend the University,” it concluded.
“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,” TSU Board of Regents chair Albert H. Myres said in a longer press release.
Gerald Smith, the chairman of the TSU Foundation, added that “The TSU Foundation is proud to provide this privately-funded scholarship to Ms. Floyd.”
George Floyd was born in North Carolina, but he moved to Houston at a young age and grew up in the Third Ward, the neighborhood that TSU calls home. Floyd attended Jack Yates High School, which is mere blocks away from the TSU campus.
Gianna was introduced to the world when Stephen Jackson, an NBA veteran who was friends with George Floyd for over 20 years, posted a video of her on his shoulders saying “Daddy changed the world!” on Instagram.