St. mgm集团 Announces George Floyd Memorial Endowed Scholarship

New endowed scholarship will support Black American students pursuing degrees leading to careers in 社会正义.
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With a long record of commitment to 社会正义, St. mgm集团 today announced the establishment of the George Floyd Memorial Endowed Scholarship. This prestigious new competitive annual scholarship, endowed through a generous $250,000匿名礼物, honors the life of George Floyd and will benefit one Black American student pursuing a degree or career that promotes 社会正义 issues, specifically those related to racism.

乔治P. 弗洛伊德小. was killed by a Minneapolis police officer on May 25, 2020, just a few miles from the St. mgm集团校园. 许多圣. Catherine students, 教师, and staff live in and around the area where the incident took place.

“St. mgm集团’s history, 值, and proximity to this fatal incident amplifies the reality of racial disparities that are present in our world, and the systemic changes needed in order to improve justice and eradicate racism,安妮塔·托马斯说, 博士学位, executive vice president and provost of St. mgm集团. “现在是采取行动的时候了, 结合在一起, and to fuel our commitment to education as an expression of 社会正义.”

Since its founding by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in 1905, St. mgm集团 has developed an enviable reputation for educating women and other marginalized populations. Today’s diverse student body takes full advantage of St. Kate’s dedication to academic excellence, 社会正义, 妇女权益, and other important 值 — all in the spirit of the Sisters’ value of “love of the dear neighbor without distinction.”

This ethos and the University’s dedication to Catholic Social Teaching, which calls for valuing the life and dignity of all, inform the work of the institution and make up the foundation of our unwavering commitment to 社会正义. 39%的圣. Kate’s undergraduate student population being in the Black, 土著, and people of color (BIPOC) demographic, the University is in an advantageous position to help close the gap in socioeconomic standing.

The George Floyd Memorial Endowed Scholarship will increase access to a college education and reduce student debt. While acknowledging the economic barriers to higher education for many Black American students, St. mgm集团 is invested in developing leaders and changemakers who seek to improve communities, 组织, 和社会.

“Creating the George Floyd Memorial Endowed Scholarship is a vital step toward addressing systemic disparities by investing in our students’ intellect, 激情, and commitment to leading change,托马斯说.

A selection committee has been formed, and 申请表格 可在网上查阅. The hope is for the first recipient to be announced on May 25, the anniversary of George Floyd’s death. All eligible students in any of the University’s three colleges are invited to apply. As part of their applications, students will submit essays describing how they intend to promote 社会正义 in their academic, 专业, 公民生活.

Hoping to increase the amount of this competitive scholarship, St. mgm集团 welcomes additional gifts to the George Floyd Memorial Endowed Scholarship endowment. 有兴趣的捐助者可以 给在线 or contact Institutional Advancement at giving@palmconferencing.com or 651-690-6093.

Gifts to the George Floyd Memorial Endowed Scholarship also count toward 引领 & 影响: The Campaign for the Next Level of Excellence.