For 8 minutes and 46 seconds, the world watched as a Minneapolis, MN police officer held his knee on the neck of George Floyd, causing his death. The GFMC “8:46” Scholarship was created to preserve the memory by turning a tragedy into a blessing for deserving students to further their college education opportunities.
The GFMC Scholarship Committee is seeking to enhance higher education opportunities for qualified high school graduates. It is our desire that through financial assistance, some young student, who might not otherwise be afforded the opportunity, might gain advanced educational training. Further, it is our hope that with this education, the individual will be able and obliged to contribute to the betterment of the region, the country, and indeed the world.
Award Eligibility Requirements
- Scholarship applicant must have been accepted by an HBCU located in North Carolina or a local community college or trade school.
- Applicant must have at least a “C” average (2.0 on a 4.0 scale), as well as a demonstrated need for financial assistance.
- Selected candidate must submit proof of college matriculation to receive the first award payment.
- The student is expected to maintain at least a 2.5 or better grade point average on a 4.0 scale, and maintain standards of good conduct (as outlined in the attending institution’s student handbook) to be eligible for scholarship renewal.
Method of Selecting Awardees
- The applications will be forwarded to the chairman of the Scholarship Committee, to be received no later than the published deadline date.
- Potential candidates will be contacted by the Scholarship Committee as to a possible interview.
- Scholarship winners and their high schools will be notified by official letter.
Basis of Award
The recipients will be chosen based upon their scholastic achievement, extracurricular activities (in and outside of school), character, personality, leadership qualities, and overall potential for the attainment of a baccalaureate degree. Counselor’s recommendations will be considered and financial need will be given priority.