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Discriminatory George Floyd Scholarship at North Central University Challenged By Equal Protection Project

Discriminatory George Floyd Scholarship at North Central University Challenged By Equal Protection Project

Only black students are eligible to apply for the 4-year full tuition scholarship. Our Civil Rights Complaint has received extenstive media coverage, including in the NY Post, NBC News, USA Today, Fox News, The Washington Examiner, and the College Fix.

The Equal Protection Project (EPP) ( of the Legal Insurrection Foundation has challenged numerous racially discriminatory programs done in the name of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. This discrimination comes in various ways, but the overarching theme is to exclude or diminish some people and promote others, based on race, color, or ethnicity. We have filed over 20 complaints and legal actions in the year since launch in February 2023, with at least 10 schools withdrawing or modifying the discriminatory programs.

In our latest action, we have filed a Civil Rights Complaint (full embed at bottom of post) with the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights (OCR) against North Central University (NCU) in Minneapolis, regarding the George Floyd Memorial Scholarship, which is open only to black students and provides a four year-full tuition scholarship.

The Scholarship page states:

On June 4, 2020, North Central University President Scott Hagan announced the creation of the George Floyd Memorial Scholarship and challenged every university president in the United States of America to establish a George Floyd Memorial Scholarship Fund at their institutions.

In his remarks, Hagan said it is time “to invest like never before in a new generation of young black Americans, who are poised and ready to take leadership in our nation.”

The scholarship provides a way to invest in a new generation of young Black Americans, poised and ready to be leaders in our community and our nation. We believe that the George Floyd Memorial Scholarship will enable North Central University to increase our number of Black students who will impact the learning environment in a positive manner. Diversifying our learning environment is key to being a University that looks and acts like Heaven.

The application process and criteria for students to apply for the George Floyd Memorial Scholarship can be found here.

The Scholarship was announced by the President of NCU at George Floyd’s memorial service, which was held at NCU:

Only black students are eligible to apply:

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From our Complaint:

We bring this civil rights complaint against North Central University (“NCU”) for creating, supporting and promoting the George Floyd Memorial Scholarship – an undergraduate scholarship that engages in invidious discrimination on the basis of race, color and national origin….

The application for the GFMS – which, for the 2024-25 academic year closes on May 5,
2024 – requires applicants to state whether they “identify as being a student African descent,”
which the application fo1m defines as being “Black, African American, African, or Mixed.”4 ….

Students who do not meet the prerequisite racial categories – for example, students who
identify as white, Hispanic or Asian – are automatically ineligible for the scholarship….

Simply put, “Title VI prohibits a recipient of federal funds from intentionally treating any individual worse even in part because of his race, color, or national origin and without regard to any other reason or motive the recipient might assert.” Id. at *170 (cleaned up). Thus, regardless of NCU’s reasons for sponsoring and promoting the GFMS, it is violating Title VI by doing so….

This complaint is timely brought because it includes allegations of discrimination based on race, color and national origin that occurred within the last 180 days and is ongoing. Indeed, the application period for GFMS for the 2024-25 academic year is still open, and the scholarship recipient will be selected by June 7, 2024.7

The filing has received extensive media coverage.

The NY Post reports:

A Minnesota college scholarship named after George Floyd and only available to black students sparked a complaint with the US Department of Education as one critic called it “racism.”

North Central University’s exclusion of non-black students is “insidious discrimination on the basis of race, color and national original,” according to the complaint from the conservative legal advocacy group the Equal Protection Project of the Legal Insurrection Foundation.

“Discrimination against white applicants is just as unlawful as discrimination against black or other non-white applicants,” foundation President William Jacobson and project member Ameer Benno wrote in the complaint, filed with the DOE Office of Civil Rights.

Jacobson, a Cornell Law School professor and founder of the project, said in a statement The Post that the 2020 death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police sparked a focus on “alleged systemic racism” on campuses across the US.

“Regardless of whether you believe in the racial narrative of the case, it does society no good to inject more racism into the educational system through discriminatory scholarships,” the statement said.

“Unfortunately, many colleges and universities have bought into the ‘anti-racist’ activism claim that the remedy for past discrimination is current discrimination. Such ‘reverse-racism’ is just racism, and it is not the answer.” ….

EPP/Legal Insurrection has filed claims of discrimination against other race-based exclusionary or preference programs, including at the SUNY Buffalo Law School and Medical School and SUNY Albany.

The College Fix, which was the first to cover the story, reported:

“The George Floyd Scholarship eligibility requirements are openly racially discriminatory,” Equal Protection founder William Jacobson told The College Fix via an emailed statement on Monday. “Regardless of the purpose of the racial discrimination, it is wrong and unlawful.”

“NCU needs to come up with a remedial plan to compensate students shut out of the George Floyd Scholarship due to discrimination,” Jacobson, a Cornell University law professor, stated.

The university did not respond to two emailed requests for comment prior to the filing of the complaint.

The Fix first asked about the scholarship and its legality on March 18 and 21 after discovering the program. The Fix emailed Director of Marketing and Communications Erica Hanson again on Monday to ask about the complaint and left a voicemail. She has not responded.

The university is also violating the state’s Human Rights Act, the Equal Protection Project alleges. “Similarly, the [scholarship] defies the civil rights protections of Minnesota’s Human Rights Act, which makes it a criminal offense for an educational institution to limit access to any educational program on the basis of race,” a footnote states….

The university “knows better,” according to Jacobson.

“NCU knows better than to run educational scholarships that exclude students based on race,” Jacobson stated. “NCU’s nondiscrimination policies absolutely forbid racial discrimination. Why isn’t NCU living up to its own rules?”

Numerous other media have covered the story, click on the headline images below to go to those stories:


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Fat_Freddys_Cat | March 28, 2024 at 8:05 am

I have sarcastically referred to Floyd as “St. George”. Looking at the mural, it appears that a lot of people do unironically consider him to be a saint. That’s strange.

    Milhouse in reply to Fat_Freddys_Cat. | March 28, 2024 at 8:38 am

    Since Trayvon Martin became a posthumous celebrity I have been referring to him as Little Saint Trayvon, in conscious parallel to Little Saint Hugh of Lincoln. I also have used that for Little Saint Mohammed Durah since his alleged death; his case parallels that of Little Saint Hugh much more closely.

After NCU loses in court, will they revise the application with work around language? Such as applicants must have lifetime history criminal record with violent felonies, and medically documented drug abuse, and absentee parent never involved in child’s life.

    Mister Logic in reply to smooth. | March 28, 2024 at 9:51 am

    Most likely they will remove the explicit language incorporating the restriction to black applicants, and just apply it as an unwritten rule.

E Howard Hunt | March 28, 2024 at 8:56 am

An easy workaround- Have the scholarship open only to convicted felons who can prove they have at least 5 illegitimate children by as many mothers.

    Milhouse in reply to E Howard Hunt. | March 28, 2024 at 10:12 am

    Completely off topic: I don’t know whether you saw my last comment on the Latinx thread, so I’m repeating it here: If you’re such a big fan of Anthony Trollope, and you have any taste at all for fantasy, then you absolutely must read Tooth and Claw, by Jo Walton. It’s Trollope with dragons.

      E Howard Hunt in reply to Milhouse. | March 28, 2024 at 10:50 am

      I will read it. I am presently rereading the entire works of Thomas Hardy. It is exciting because I bought a very old unopened, entire set that necessitates severing the leaves with a paper knife. Each book is a real page slicer.

I think a criteria should be a proven history of drug abuse, with the swallowing bags of fentanyl as a plus

Lucifer Morningstar | March 28, 2024 at 9:14 am

I really don’t have a problem with “black only” scholarships. With one caveat. That White, Asian, and Hispanics can establish their own racially preferential scholarships as well. White only. Asian only, Hispanic Only. blacks need not apply.

Of course, the usual race baiting suspects would howl with outrage if such a thing were to happen. But there we go and here we are.

    Of course White, Asian, and Hispanics can establish their own racially preferential scholarships. Where on earth did you get the impression that they can’t? Private entities can establish whatever scholarships they like; that’s how the UNCF exists. And the Equal Protection Project has no problem with that. The problem is when government entities do it.

    As Prof J has pointed out, there is a case in the 11th circuit that challenges this, and would ban private racially exclusive scholarships as well. I think that is wrong, and I hope that lawsuit fails. A scholarship is a gift, not a contract, so the anti-discrimination laws shouldn’t apply.

    Even with actual contracting, there has to be room for private racial discrimination, because marriage is a contract, and yet it would be unthinkable to apply anti-discrimination laws to it.

      Lucifer Morningstar in reply to Milhouse. | March 29, 2024 at 10:08 am

      >>Even with actual contracting, there has to be room for private racial discrimination, because marriage is a contract, and yet it would be unthinkable to apply anti-discrimination laws to it.

      So you’d be fine with the anti-miscegenation laws that existed in the past that prevented mixed raced marriages? Because marriage is just a “contract” and it would be “unthinkable to apply anti-discrimination laws to it?

        So you’d be fine with the anti-miscegenation laws

        Huh? That’s the exact opposite of what I wrote! Anti-miscegenation laws interfere with the freedom of contract in exactly the same way as anti-discrimination laws do.

      Lucifer Morningstar in reply to Milhouse. | March 29, 2024 at 10:20 am

      >>A scholarship is a gift, not a contract, so the anti-discrimination laws shouldn’t apply..

      No, a scholarship is not a “gift”. A scholarship is a contract. It is a contract between the person that gives the scholarship and the person that receives the scholarship and has certain criteria that the student must abide by. It’s a legal thing. A contract. And as such anti-discrimination laws apply.

        It is a gift. The recipient is getting something for nothing. Conditions on a gift don’t stop it being a gift. And a gift donor can change his mind at any time.

      Lucifer Morningstar in reply to Milhouse. | March 29, 2024 at 10:25 am

      >> Private entities can establish whatever scholarships they like; that’s how the UNCF exists.

      Yes, they can. But they cannot say that scholarship is “Blacks Only” any more than they could say any given scholarship they establish is “Whites Only” or “Asian Only”. Like it or not the scholarships must be race neutral.

        The Gentle Grizzly in reply to Lucifer Morningstar. | March 29, 2024 at 2:53 pm

        Please cite the laws, statutes, or whatever, that apply here.

        Thanks in advance.

        Yes, they can say that. That’s what the UNCF says, isn’t it? It’s right in the name. It’s legal because it’s private. If this lawsuit prevails then that would be overturned and it would be a very bad thing.

NCU pres scott hagen is such a weasel, he wanted his photo out there for the press release of the scholarship to virtue signal that he is anti-racist. He probably knew at that time the scholarship language would eventually be struck down. But he calculated it might give him some job protection, in the event any black student might ever make complaint about their student experience. DEI/CRT is such a fraud.

Robert Chiaradio | March 28, 2024 at 10:08 am

One can only hope that those who are awarded this prestigious scholarship can somehow live up to the high standards of community leadership and respect for women championed by George Floyd, and that these newly- inspired black Americans are able to transform this institution of higher learning in to the “Heaven” it strives to be.

JackinSilverSpring | March 28, 2024 at 11:32 am

Imagine a state university establishing a Jefferson Davis scholarship for white students only? Or a Robert E. Lee scholarship for white students whose ancestors fought for the Confederacy? We would never hear the end to do that.

What self-respecting parent would want their kid to get that scholarship.

the george floyd scholarship–a singular oxymoron

#FJB <-- Disco Stu_ | March 29, 2024 at 4:10 pm

Someone responded with this rude & problematic comment on Prof. J’s Xwitter account:

“That’s just great: A deeply-damaged neighborhood petty criminal and drug addict managed to get a freakin’ academic scholarship named after him post-mortem?!?

Who the-EFF’ is in charge over there?!?”

(Oh wait – it was me. Sorry if I may have hurt any sensitive feelings out there.)

The George Floyd Scholarship Fund. How is it funded? Selling drugs?

stephenwinburn | April 1, 2024 at 3:04 pm

The closest Floyd came to college was likely mugging a college student, and these idiots named a scholarship after him.