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ST. LOUIS (AP) – A tutoring program created by a prominent Ferguson police shooting protester will receive $500,000 in public money to expand its efforts.

Gov. Jay Nixon announced the federal grant to The North Campus Thursday in St. Louis.

The program is overseen by St. Louis Alderman Antonio French, whose public profile has grown dramatically since the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

Nixon and French were joined at a University of Missouri-St. Louis news conference by state Senator Jamilah Nasheed, another vocal critic of police crowd control tactics following the fatal shooting of the unarmed Brown by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson.

Nixon said the federal money will allow French’s program to provide math and science tutoring to an additional 350 students in the city of St. Louis and St. Louis County.