With the support and guidance from Texas Tech administration, We, the Black Student Association have created two endowed scholarships for current and future Red Raiders. One in memory of army veteran, Timothy Cole, a Black man who attended Texas Tech in the mid 1980s. Cole died in prison serving a 25 year sentence for a rape charge that he was wrongfully convicted of. The other scholarship in memory of George Floyd, a man who was murdered unjustly by the hands of law enforcement in Minneapolis, MN. Floyd’s death sparked a shift in our world, one that opened many people’s eyes to systemic racism, police brutality, and racial injustice that affects the lives of Black and brown bodies around the world; it is important for us to encompass these struggles through these scholarships.
We chose to honor these two men for several reasons ranging from their perseverance and courage to their social impact on today’s society. They represent social injustice and racial disparities that have prevailed in our country for too many years now. We want to express that despite their respective backgrounds, they are a part of a larger picture that encompasses the unfair treatment of minorities in this country. There is a need for active change in how Black and brown people are seen, heard, and treated. By being a catalyst for change, Texas Tech University is taking a stride in the right direction with their contribution towards these scholarships. They were created to give aid to students who have experienced any form of racial injustice, with priority given to students who are from Title I high schools, and serve in minority organizations. If we are able to relieve some financial burden for students, that is a part of our contribution towards the greater change that is coming and is needed. Thank you for your support and if you would like to help fund the scholarships please visit our crowd fund webpage and give what you can.
Texas Tech Black Student Association