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Philando Castile’s high school classmates award first scholarship in his honor

By Zahara Hill,

Philando Castile’s former classmates at Central High School have found a noble way to memorialize the class of 2001 graduate who was killed by police last summer.

The Minnesota Public Radio reports that on the anniversary of Castile’s death, a group of Central High School alumni awarded its first Philando Castile Memorial Scholarship, geared towards young men of color, to recent graduate Marques Watson.

Thursday marked one year since the nutrition services supervisor lost his life at the hands of officer Jeronimo Yanez during a traffic stop in Falcon Heights, Minnesota.

Watson told the Minnesota Public Radio that the scholarship, valued at $5,000, was the only way he’d be able to pursue higher education.


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