George Floyd's Daughter to Get Full-Ride Scholarship to Texas Southern University

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Texas Southern University will provide George Floyd's 6-year-old daughter with a full-ride scholarship when she's college-age. TSU announced the gesture Tuesday, the day of Floyd's funeral in his hometown of Houston. 

The school said on Facebook that the gesture is a way it "honors the memory of George Floyd on the day that he is laid to eternal rest." 

"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," the school said in the Facebook post. 

TSU will "prepare a place" for Gianna "if she wishes to attend the University," TSU said. 

Gianna has told CBS Minnesota she has only happy memories of her time with her dad. 

"I remember when he used to take me outside … and then I used to get on his back and he used to carry me on his back all the time," Gianna told the station. "It was super fun."

Floyd died on May 25 after former Minnesota police officer Derek Chauvin kneeled on his neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds. After Floyd's funeral in Houston, where TSU is located, he was buried in Pearland, Texas. 

Albert H. Myres, chair of the TSU board of regents, said in a statement that the board "is committed to education and understands that a college degree is one of many powerful steps toward a productive and successful life." 

"We know that this gesture cannot take the place of her dad's loving presence," he added, "but we hope that it will contribute to easing her journey through life."