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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.

2014 South Florida Scholar

When Kenny Alexis and his sister left Haiti in 2009 to join their mother in America, he struggled to adjust while learning English -- but made a conscious choice to overcome hardships in order to achieve a brighter future. A graduate of Blanche Ely High School in Pompano Beach who attended dual-enrollment classes at Broward College, Kenny said he “would not let weakness steer [him] away from success.” He ranked in the top three percent of his graduating class and was involved in several extra-curricular clubs. Additionally, Kenny volunteered at his local library and tutored middle school students in math at an after-school program. As a first-generation college student with a goal of becoming an actuary for a major insurance company, Kenny plans to graduate from Florida State University with a bachelor’s degree in actuarial science and pursue a master’s degree in financial mathematics.

2014 North Florida Scholar

Outgoing and hardworking, Damon Edmond graduated as one of the top students in his class at Robert E. Lee High School. Dual-enrolled at Florida State College of Jacksonville, Damon also received his AA degree as a senior in high school. A well-rounded student, he participated in various extra-curricular activities, including varsity baseball, band and cross-country. Active in his local Boys & Girls Club since sixth grade, Damon was recognized with the Youth of the Year Award in 2011 and accumulated 1,000 hours of community service. With plans for a career in sports medicine, Damon is majoring in pre-exercise science through Florida State University’s Undergraduate Studies for Human Sciences.