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Jacob Zelinski, a freshman in the Diederich College of Communication, is the first holder of the James Foley Scholarship.

Receiving the honor, Zelinski says, was the moment he felt called to his future path in life. That moment culminated in October when Zelinski met John and Diane Foley. The Foleys came to campus to honor their son, the Marquette alumnus and journalist who was killed in Syria, in a Mass of Remembrance celebrated at Church of the Gesu. The Mass was one of a number of tributes held on campus on the one-year anniversary of James’ death. Among the memorial events, the university blessed a painting of James that was created during Mission Week 2015 by artist Mary Pimmel-Freeman and installed it in the Alumni Memorial Union.

“John and Diane are some of the nicest people I’ve ever met, and they really encompass what James believed in — compassion, commitment and courage,” Zelinski says. “They say Jim challenges them every day, and you can see it in them. I love how the Marquette community came together and honored him. It was a beautiful and moving tribute.” — BD

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