George Floyd’s 6-year-old daughter received a generous scholarship from Texas Southern University. “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 University said in a statement following Floyd’s funeral on Tuesday afternoon.
“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.”
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The little girl’s mother, Roxie Washington, tearfully explained how the family is dealing with this tragic, highly-publicized loss. “I don’t have a lot to say because I can’t get my words together right now, but I wanted everybody to know that this is what those officers took,” Roxie said as she pointed to her young daughter during a June 2 press conference. “At the end of the day, they get to go home and be with their families. Gianna does not have a father.”
She continued, “He will never see her grown up, graduate. He will never walk her down the aisle. If there’s a problem and she needs a dad, she does not have that anymore.”
“I’m here for my baby and I’m here for George because I want justice for him,” she concluded. “I want justice for him because he was good no matter what anybody thinks. This is the proof. He was a good man.”