$25,000 Scholarship for Philando Castile Established

ST. PAUL, MN - JULY 07: The American flag flies at half mast outside of J. J. Hill Montessori School, where Philando Castile worked, during a demonstration for Philando Castile on July 7, 2016 in St. Paul, Minnesota. Castile was shot and killed by a police officer during a traffic stop on July 6, 2016 in Falcon Heights, MN. (Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)
ST. PAUL, MN – JULY 07: The American flag flies at half mast outside of J. J. Hill Montessori School, where Philando Castile worked, during a demonstration for Philando Castile on July 7, 2016 in St. Paul, Minnesota. Castile was shot and killed by a police officer during a traffic stop on July 6, 2016 in Falcon Heights, MN. (Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)

On Sunday, supporters of Philando Castile gathered at his high school in Minneapolis to celebrate his life by putting on a scholarship event, The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

The event, titled “Central Honors Philando,” was held at Castile’s alma mater, Central High School. Castile graduated from the school in 2001. Prior to Sunday’s gathering, fellow alumni and community members had raised over $10,000. By the end of the evening, the event raised over $25,000.

“We all had a lot of rage and anger and grief, and we decided to channel that,” said Karla Basta, an event organizer who attended high school with Castile. “Central is a really loyal school, and this was all done by Central alumni.”

More than 500 people attended the event, which included music, food, and kids’ activities, according to The Tribune. The scholarship will go to an underprivileged Central student who plans to study education or child development. Many who attended the event were students who knew Castile personally; he was a food service worker at nearby J.J. Hill Elementary.

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Source: NewsOne | Charise Frazier