Harvard Kennedy School student Sheila Lalwani was recently awarded a $2,000 Overseas Press Club (OPC) Foundation Scholarship at the foundation’s annual scholarship luncheon held at the Yale Club in New York City. Byron Pitts, national correspondent for CBS News, was the guest speaker.
Lalwani was among 12 aspiring foreign correspondents selected by a panel of leading journalists from a pool of applicants from 65 different colleges and universities. In her winning essay, she wrote about honor killings and the absence of empathy in the German Turkish community for a young woman whose brothers murdered her for leaving a forced marriage.
Lalwani won the Irene Corbally Kuhn Scholarship, named for the legendary reporter for the New York World Telegram. The Scripps Howard Foundation sponsors the award. The OPC Foundation is the nation’s largest and most visible scholarship program encouraging aspiring journalists to pursue careers as foreign correspondents.