LENOX, Mass. (AP) — A Lenox Memorial High School graduate who plans to pursue a career in journalism so she can "stand against global human rights violations," has been named the 2016 recipient of the Daniel Pearl Berkshire Scholarship.

Sydney Claire King, a member of the National Honor Society, has been accepted to McGill University in Montreal to study political science and communications.

The $1,000 scholarship is named for the former chief of the Wall Street Journal's South Asia bureau 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 defunct North Adams Transcript, the Massachusetts newspapers where Pearl launched his journalism career. It is awarded to a student planning to major in journalism or music, Pearl's two passions.