Arkansas school announces scholarship honoring Botham Jean

Jean, who was fatally shot by a white Dallas police officer, graduated from Harding University in 2016.

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By Associated Press

An Arkansas university has announced plans for a new scholarship honoring graduate Botham Jean, an unarmed black man who was fatally shot by a white Dallas police officer who'd entered his apartment last year.

Botham S. Jean singing at Harding University on Sept. 9, 2017.Namon Pope / Harding University

Jean was a native of St. Lucia who graduated from Harding University in 2016. He was shot in September by officer Amber Guyger, who told police that she entered Jean's apartment believing it was her own. Guyger was indicted on a murder charge in November.

On Tuesday, Harding announced plans for the new scholarship in memory of Jean. University President Bruce McLarty says the memorial scholarship "is a perfect example of good coming from something evil and hope emerging from deep loss."

Officials say students from the Caribbean will be given preference for the scholarship.

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