The St. Paul Central High School foundation has created a scholarship in honor of the late Philando Castile who graduated from the institution in 2001.
According to local newspaper, the Star Tribune, this scholarship will be awarded to an underprivileged student who wishes to pursue a career in education or child development. Castile reportedly spent the last 14 years of his life working as a nutrition services supervisior at St. Paul public schools.
Sunday (Aug. 21), the foundation held its first fundraiser for the scholarship. This free event with live performances, activism inspired artworks, and activities for children raised more than $25,000. This will be added to the $10,000 that has already been raised prior to the fundraiser, and all money will go directly to the scholarship fund.
“We all had a lot of rage and anger and grief, and we decided to channel that,” said Karla Basta, one of the events organizers and a fellow graduate of Castile’s class. “Central is a really loyal school, and this was all done by Central alumni.”