LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Breonna Taylor would have turned 27-years-old today. The University of Louisville Health Board of Directors is giving her a gift posthumously; a nursing scholarship in her name.
The Breonna Taylor Memorial Scholarship Fund in Nursing will be a four-year renewable scholarship offered to a Black woman who is a Kentucky resident. The scholarship will cover tuition and fees is a creation of UofL Health Board members.
Taylor’s mother, Tamika Palmer said, “Breonna is smiling down knowing that there will be a path for students to pursue nursing degrees without accumulating student loan debt. Thank you to the university and its students for ensuring that Bre’s legacy will continue for generations to come.”
Taylor was an emergency room technician at UofL Health-Medical Center East. She was killed in March by police officers serving a no-knock warrant at her home.
“Breonna was a member of our UofL Health family,” said UofL Health CEO Tom Miller. “We grieve her loss, but we are hopeful her legacy can inspire meaningful change. This scholarship is part of an overall commitment to ensure diversity in our workforce and develop ongoing plans to eliminate racial inequality in health care.”
UofL President Neeli Bendapudi said establishing the fund in Taylor's name, will ensure she continues to have an impact on the community.
“While I didn’t know Breonna, I have learned that she was a wonderful person and a health care hero,” Dr. Bendapudi said. “Our hope is that this scholarship will provide the opportunity for another phenomenal young Black woman to follow in Breonna’s footsteps.”
To learn more about the Breonna Taylor Memorial Scholarship Fund can visit UofL's website.