Jordan was only 15.


April 29, 2017, Jordan J. Edwards was slain by a police officer who fired into the family's car as he and his teenage brothers pulled away from a house party - he was 15.  Jordan was a freshman honor student and athlete at Mesquite High School in Mesquite, Texas.  His drive and dedication to football was unmatched.  All while thriving in academia – he understood the importance of education and how pivotal it was to his future.


Jordan dreamed of attending The University of Alabama and playing football for the Crimson Tide.  His ambition was to earn his degree and become a pilot.  More than anything, Jordan loved his family and friends; and always did his best to ensure those around him felt loved and included. He will forever be remembered for his smile, rich in warmth, love and light.  The smile he sometimes tried to hide, but never could – it was impossible.  


The circumstances of his death could have easily made his mark one of tragedy.  We will not allow that to be how Jordan is remembered.  He was an excellent student, an athlete, a brother, and a son. His mark will be one of opportunity, for a student to become what time and events did not allow to Jordan.



By contributing an initial gift to the Alabama National Alumni Association of The University of Alabama in November 2017, the cast and crew of Dear White People, in association with the Black Alumni Association and Edwards Family, hereby establish The Jordan J. Edwards Memorial Endowed Scholarship Fund to promote the education of deserving undergraduate students who enroll full time at The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama.


The endowment earnings shall be used to award one or more scholarships under the policies and procedures of the Alabama National Alumni Association. 


The initial gift and any future contributions to the Fund shall constitute an endowed corpus which will be held, invested, maintained, and administered by the National Alumni Association in perpetuity according to its policies and procedures adopted from time to time for managing and investing endowed funds.  


It will be the duty of the scholarship recipients to carry on a legacy of hope in Jordan’s name, hope for a better, diverse tomorrow.

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