EDUCATION

Michigan teen 1st recipient of scholarship named after slain journalist James Foley

  • In this undated photo provided by Jake Zelinsk, he poses for a photo with the Detroit skyline in the background. Marquette University announced Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015, that Jake will be the first recipient of a Marquette, Wis., University scholarship named after executed U.S. journalist James Foley. (Courtesy Carol Zelinski/Jake Zelinsk via AP)

    In this undated photo provided by Jake Zelinsk, he poses for a photo with the Detroit skyline in the background. Marquette University announced Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015, that Jake will be the first recipient of a Marquette, Wis., University scholarship named after executed U.S. journalist James Foley. (Courtesy Carol Zelinski/Jake Zelinsk via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this May 27, 2011 file photo, American journalist James Foley, of Rochester, N.H., poses for a photo in Boston. Jake Zelinski has been named Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015, the first recipient of a scholarship named for journalist Foley, who was kidnapped in Syria and later beheaded by Islamic State militants. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

    FILE - In this May 27, 2011 file photo, American journalist James Foley, of Rochester, N.H., poses for a photo in Boston. Jake Zelinski has been named Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015, the first recipient of a scholarship named for journalist Foley, who was kidnapped in Syria and later beheaded by Islamic State militants. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)  (The Associated Press)

A Detroit-area teen is the first recipient of a Marquette University scholarship named after journalist James Foley.

School officials in Milwaukee will announce Wednesday on the anniversary of Foley's death that Jake Zelinski of Rochester Hills will receive the $8,000 scholarship. It will be given bi-annually and is renewable each year.

Foley was a 1996 graduate of Marquette. He was kidnapped by militants in 2012 in Syria while contributing video for news agencies. His videotaped beheading by Islamic State militants was posted online.

After his death, more than $320,000 was contributed to establish the scholarship.

The 18-year-old Zelinski graduated in May from the University of Detroit Jesuit High School. He plans to major in theater arts and digital media at Marquette.