Harding University will remember and honor the life of Botham Jean by placing a bronze monument bearing his image in front of the American Heritage Building.
The university President David Burks made the announcement on the institution’s official website on Monday.
“Botham was a unique and influential leader on our campus,” said Burks.
“I loved his smile, the way he led singing in chapel and at church, and his enthusiasm for life. ”
“I believe that the bronze monument and the new Inspiration Award in his name will help generations to come remember Botham Jean and his Christlike influence,” Burks observed.
Saint Lucian Botham Jean was a 2016 alumnus of the University.
Off duty police officer, Amber Guyger, fatally shot him on September 6, 2018, at his home in Dallas.
Both lived on different floors of the same apartment building.
Guyger, who claimed she mistook Jean’s apartment for hers.
But a court sentenced her to ten years in jail.
In addition to a bronze monument honouring Jean, Harding University says it has created the Botham Jean Inspiration Award.
The institution will present it annually.
It will go to a member of the Harding community ‘for demonstrating exceptional faith and perseverance and serving as a role model for all.’
In addition to the Inspiration Award, there are two scholarships given annually in memory of Jean.
The Botham Jean Memorial, created by Jean’s parents Bertrum and Allison Jean, goes to students who have lived in the Caribbean
But the Paul R. Carter College of Business Administration set up a second scholarship , in cooperation with PricewaterhouseCoopers, Jean’s employer.
It goes to historically underrepresented populations as they pursue degrees within the Harding College of Business.