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Classmates Create Philando Castile Scholarship

Philando Castile’s high school is creating a scholarship in his honor.

St. Paul Central High School, located in St. Paul, Minnesota, will grant the scholarship to a student from an underprivileged background who wants to pursue a career in education or child development.

Castile, who graduated in 2001, was gunned down by a police officer after he and his girlfriend were pulled over for a broken taillight in June. Although Castile wasn’t an educator, he worked in an elementary school cafeteria in the St. Paul school district and was a positive influence to students.

The class of 2001 recently hosted their first fundraiser for the scholarship, which included food, kids activities, raffle prizes and live performances.

“We all had a lot of rage and anger and grief, and we decided to channel that. Central is a really loyal school, and this was all done by Central alumni, ” said class of 2001 graduate Karla Basta.

Organizers the committee reached its goal of raising $10,000 before the fundraiser. By the end of the event, the group raised more than $25,000. All of the proceeds will go directly towards the scholarship fund.

St. Paul Principal Mary Mackbee says the scholarship will be awarded to a selected group of seniors at the end of the year.

“He was a good person and didn’t deserve to die the way he died. So anything that we can do to honor the good memory that he left behind, I think it’s important. And the scholarship is a great way to do that because it will go on forever,” she said.