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First Recipients of the George Floyd Endowed Scholarship Announced

Hamline University has selected five undergraduate students -- three seniors and two sophomores -- to be the first recipients of its George Floyd Endowed Scholarship.


The recipients from the senior class are Damyn Hultman, a social justice major from Duluth, Minnesota; Savior Allen-Knight, a philosophy major from St. Paul, Minnesota; and, Yasmin Hrisi, a political science and global studies major from Apple Valley, Minnesota.

The other awardees are Hamline University sophomore Ilhan Omar, a legal studies major from St. Paul, Minnesota and classmate Khalif Ahmed from Saint Cloud, Minnesota. Ahmed has yet to declare a major.

“The students selected to receive the awards are the next generation of leaders,” said Hamline President Dr. Fayneese Miller. ”They will continue this university’s legacy of civic engagement and commitment to the community.”

Students applied for the scholarship in early August. Preference was given to students who identify as Black, African American or interracial with one of the aforementioned, to first-generation college students, and to those who have demonstrated financial need. Applicants were required to answer the question, “How will the George Floyd Endowed Scholarship enable you to be a catalyst for good?”

Two Hamline alumni from the Class of 2009 established the scholarship to advance social justice through access to education at Hamline University for first-generation African American and Black college students. Hamline’s student body includes nearly half people of color. More than 40 percent are first-generation college students.

“It is through education that we can create a just and equal society,” said Miller. “The George Floyd Endowed Scholarship will provide the tools of change for students who will lead the way to a better tomorrow for all of us.”

To honor George Floyd's legacy with a gift to further the impact of his scholarship in educating African American and Black students at Hamline University, visit hamline.edu/GeorgeFloyd.

Written by staff.

8/28/2020