OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe George Zimmerman verdict has spawned a national debate, large-scale protests, and now a scholarship fund.

“The reality of it is that there is a lot of passion behind this issue, and I think passion is great, but I think being strategic, tactical, and understanding of the laws and the parameter of the laws is even better,” said Paul Quinn College President Michael Sorrell.

Incensed by the legal protections that led to Zimmerman’s acquittal for the killing of Trayvon Martin, Paul Quinn College, a historically black college in Southern Dallas, is offering the new $7,500 Scholarship for Social Justice to a student who shows potential to bring about change in the community and in the justice system.

“We’re doing this because someone must stand up and say, ‘No, not again – not ever again – and we are proud to be those people,” Sorrell said.

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