PITTSFIELD, Mass. – A Massachusetts high school senior who plans to study journalism in college to "elevate us to a more well-informed and conscientious society" has received the 2017 Daniel Pearl Berkshire Scholarship.
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Carli Scolforo is scheduled to graduate from Pittsfield's Taconic High School on Sunday and will attend Siena College in New York.
The $1,000 scholarship honors the former Wall Street Journal writer who was kidnapped and murdered in Pakistan in January 2002 while researching a story on Islamic extremism.
It was established by The Berkshire Eagle and the North Adams Transcript, the Massachusetts newspapers where Pearl started his career. It is awarded to a student planning to major in journalism or music, Pearl's two passions.
Scolforo is a member of the National Honor Society, ran track and cross country, and participated in dance and theater.