George Floyd's six-year-old daughter awarded scholarship by Texas University

On the day that George Floyd was laid to rest, Texas Southern University (TSU) has announced it will be setting aside funds to give his 6-year-old daughter Gianna a full scholarship.

Floyd didn’t attend TSU but did grow up in Houston, where he graduated from Jack Yates High School before moving to Minneapolis.

He died in that city on May 25 while arrested by Dennis Chauvin, who has since been dismissed from Minneapolis PD.

The TSU announcement read: “The Board of Regents of Texas Southern University honours the memory of George Floyd on the day that he is laid to eternal rest. “

It continued: “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. TSU’s executive and academic staff will prepare a place for Miss Floyd if she wishes to attend the University.”

As in the UK, American students usually start university at the age of eighteen.

In a video posted last week by NBA player Stephen Jackson, who was a friend of Floyd’s, Gianna says: “My daddy changed the world,”

The Reverend Al Sharpton, speaking at Floyd’s funeral, predicted that his death will leave a permanent imprint on American society. He said: “Your family is going to miss you George, but your nation is going to always remember your name.

“Because your neck was one that represents all of us, and how you suffered is how we all suffer.”

George Floyd's six-year-old daughter awarded scholarship by Texas University

Philonise Floyd, George Floyd’s brother, appeared yesterday before the US Congress House Judiciary Committee for an oversight hearing on policing and law enforcement accountability.

Speaking about how the fatal arrest was made because his brother had been accused of passing a fake $20 bill, Philonise said that police officers need clearer training on the use of force: “Teach them what necessary force is.

“Teach them that deadly force should be used rarely and only when life is at risk. George wasn’t hurting anyone that day. He didn’t deserve to die over $20.”

He added: “When you watch your big brother who you looked up to for your whole entire life die, die begging for his mom. I’m here to ask you to make it stop.”

Floyd was buried next to his mother, whose name he called for as he was dying.