Miami-Dade County

UM journalism student scores Steven Sotloff scholarship

Steven Sotloff
Steven Sotloff Miami Herald File

Earlier this year, Art and Shirley Sotloff, parents of Steven Sotloff, the Pinecrest journalist slain by the Islamic State in September 2014, set up a foundation to endow individual scholarships for journalism and liberal arts students in Florida.

At 1 p.m. Sunday, the Sotloffs will present the first scholarship in their son’s name before the start of the Miami Dolphins-Baltimore Ravens game at SunLife Stadium. Carlen Dickerson, a sophomore at the University of Miami School of Communication, will be the first recipient of the 2Lives Foundation’s Steven Joel Sotloff Endowed Scholarship for Journalism. The ceremony is scheduled to be broadcast during half time.

“Carlen is a model student intently focused on a career in journalism. Her passion and curiosity reflect Steven’s. Thanks to the generous contributions to 2LIVES, we’re able to help young and future journalists like Carlen as they seek their dreams. This is something Steve would have wanted,” said the Sotloffs in a statement.

In September, the family pledged $125,000 to the UM to establish the scholarship fund. Scholarships have also been established at Florida International University, Miami Dade College, the University of Central Florida and Kimball Union Academy in New Hampshire, where Sotloff attended.