Posted on March 27, 2024

George Floyd Scholarship Violates Federal Civil Rights Law, Lawsuit Claims

Kendall Tietz, Fox News, March 26, 2024

A university scholarship only offered to Black students is a violation of U.S. federal civil rights law, according to a legal complaint filed with the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights on Monday.

North Central University’s George Floyd scholarship violates Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits educational institutions from racial discrimination, because it is only open to Black students, the legal watchdog group the Equal Protection Project of the Legal Insurrection Foundation argued in the complaint shared with The College Fix.

Through its George Floyd Memorial Scholarship, the private Christian university in Minneapolis, Minnesota, “engages in invidious discrimination on the basis of race, color and national origin,” according to the complaint.

To qualify for the scholarship, students must “be a student who is Black or African American, that is, a person having origins in any of the black racial groups of Africa,” according to the information page. The scholarship was created on June 4, 2020, “to invest like never before in a new generation of young black Americans, who are poised and ready to take leadership in our nation,” North Central University President Scott Hagan said at the time.