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Jim Moran Scholars

The Jim Moran Foundation, in partnership with Florida State University (FSU), annually recognizes two Jim Moran Scholars – African-American high school seniors from South Florida and North Florida who are role models and have received admission to FSU with an identified financial barrier. Both Scholars receive a four-year, needs-based scholarship with funding provided through the Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship. As a legacy scholarship established by our Founder, The Foundation does not accept any other unsolicited scholarship requests.

Please note: FSU determines eligibility for the scholarship and proactively contacts potential applicants.

2013 South Florida Scholar

In middle school, Rashard Johnson realized he had a decision to make. He could either live beneath his potential or he could choose to work hard, achieve success and set an example for other kids. Growing up as one of seven children, Rashard found motivation in his mother’s determination to provide for him and his family. He credited his basketball coach since the sixth grade for inspiring him to reach beyond life’s circumstances and, through 5000 Role Models, Rashard gave back by tutoring and mentoring younger students. This star basketball player at Miami Central High School graduated in the top two percent of his 2013 class. Majoring in sports management, he plans to be a professional sports agent.

2013 North Florida Scholar

Quiet, compassionate and interested in learning from a young age, Dayshon Mathis attributes much of his success to his mother’s support and emphasis on school. A 2013 graduate of Stanton College Preparatory High School in Jacksonville with a 4.2 weighted GPA, his favorite subjects were physics, Latin and math. He often enjoyed volunteering at a local nursing home and school-sponsored service events. A first-generation college student and Jacksonville-native, Dayshon has two younger brothers and believes his role of “big brother” means leading them in the right direction. After receiving a bachelor’s degree in physics, he plans to continue his education with research in particle or astrophysics.