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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.

Gaelle Mardy

2015 South Florida Scholar

Smart, optimistic and determined, Gaelle Mardy graduated as valedictorian of Coconut Creek High School while dual-enrolled in Broward College. Gaelle moved to America from Haiti after the 2010 earthquake and said she has been very grateful and blessed for the many opportunities here. Gaelle especially appreciated her parents for instilling in her the importance of education and motivating her to do her best. When she was not babysitting her younger siblings, Gaelle attended teen events at her local library. She also volunteered through her school’s Key Club and National Honor Society. Gaelle enjoys dance, music and reading. She is a first-generation college student and plans to major in biochemistry at Florida State University.

2015 North Florida Scholar

A native of Jacksonville, Florida, Kaia Little is a bright and hardworking graduate of Paxon School for Advanced Studies. In addition to taking numerous advanced placement courses, Kaia was a member of the National Honor Society and chair of her church’s youth council. She also spent many hours volunteering at a local hospital and feeding program. Kaia credits her mother’s determination to provide for her and her sister as one of the greatest influences in her life. During the summer of her junior year, she interned at Johnson & Johnson through the National Society for Black Engineers. It was there she met her mentor who inspired her to work towards her career goal in engineering. At Florida State University, she plans to major in industrial engineering.