George Floyd Scholarship for Social Change

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From the president

The past several months have been very difficult and troubling, traumatic even, especially for Binghamton University’s Black students, faculty and staff. View President Harvey Stenger's full message to the University community, issued June 10 (scroll down to June 10). 

About the scholarship

During George Floyd’s memorial service June 4 at North Central University in Minneapolis, that university's president announced a new scholarship in Floyd’s name — and challenged other universities across the nation to do the same.

Binghamton University has risen to that challenge.

The endowed George Floyd Scholarship for Social Change will be awarded to historically economically disadvantaged, underrepresented minorities. Black/African American students are strongly encouraged to apply.

Starting in academic year 2020-21, selected students will receive at least $5,000 per year, for up to three years. Recipients must meet the following scholarship criteria:

  • Full-time (at least 12 hours) undergraduate student in good academic standing at the time of the application. Recipients must maintain full-time status and good academic standing to continue receiving the scholarship each year.
  • Demonstrated activity and/or achievements related to social change, restorative justice or racial equality. The student will provide this information in an essay as part of the scholarship application.
  • Financial need and/or academic merit may be used as secondary criteria, if needed.

Thank you for your support!

The Binghamton University Foundation board of directors, in partnership with President Stenger, has designated $1.5 million to establish the scholarship endowment.

The Division of Advancement is leading an effort to expand the scope of the scholarship by seeking support from alumni and friends. Join us in making a difference. Make your gift today.