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Sotloffs pledge $125,000 to University of Miami’s journalism program

Steven Sotloff's parents, Shirley and Arthur, shared stories about their son Steven, the Pinecrest journalist slain by the Islamic State, at their Pinecrest home on August 14, 2015.
Steven Sotloff's parents, Shirley and Arthur, shared stories about their son Steven, the Pinecrest journalist slain by the Islamic State, at their Pinecrest home on August 14, 2015. MIAMI HERALD STAFF

The family of Steven Sotloff — the Pinecrest journalist slain by ISIS in September 2014 — has pledged $125,000 to the University of Miami’s School of Communication to establish the Steven Sotloff Memorial Endowed Scholarship Fund.

The money was raised through the 2Lives Steven Joel Sotloff Memorial Foundation, established earlier this year to support deserving student journalists. The UM gift on Thursday will allow for a yearly scholarship to a Florida student who can demonstrate academic success and financial need to study journalism at the university in Coral Gables.

Steven practiced journalism so he could tell the stories of everyday people suffering through cruel conflicts of the Middle East. I have strong faith that the students benefiting from this award will carry that heroism forward.

Gregory Shepherd, dean of University of Miami School of Communication.

In August, the journalist’s parents, Arthur and Shirley Sotloff, told the Miami Herald that they intended to give endowments to the journalism programs at UM and Florida International University. “From there, we are going to do other things to help as many people as possible in Steven’s name,” Arthur Sotloff said.

“This scholarship throws good against evil, making a gift from tragedy,” said Gregory Shepherd, dean of UM’s communication school.

Sotloff, 31, attended University of Central Florida in Orlando. But his parents selected UM for the scholarship because it’s near the community Sotloff, a Hurricanes fan, was born and raised.

Howard Cohen: 305-376-3619, @HowardCohen

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