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Michael Brown in graduation cap and gown

Michael Brown, Normandy High School graduate who was killed in an officer-involved shooting in Ferguson, Mo. on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014. His death sparked protests and riots. Photo by Elcardo Anthony

WELLSTON • Ten Normandy High School seniors were awarded $5,000 scholarships Thursday in the name of Michael Brown, who graduated from the school last August only days before he was fatally shot by a Ferguson police officer.

The scholarships were awarded during a ceremony at the high school by the Real Life 101 Foundation, a Detroit-based organization that works to help African-American men facing financial obstacles get through college or career training.

Receiving the scholarships are Cameron Hensley, Robert McRath, Mykel Chambers, Stephon Delap, Marquise Pointer, Nicholas Davis, Ronnie Williams, Kenny Watts, Jerunek Morris and Jonathan Boclair.

“By giving these scholarships in Michael Brown's name, it's a way of bringing more value to his life,” said Sid Taylor, founder and chairman of the foundation.

The recipients will receive $1,000 a year to put toward tuition at any post-secondary institution over five years. Along with the scholarships, recipients received laptop computers and bags, plus mentoring support while in college. The foundation is providing scholarships to more than 200 students in 12 states this year. Applicants were required to write a 1,000-word essay on what they'd do to help improve the image of black males in America.