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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.

2017 South Florida Scholar

As the child of two U.S. Army soldiers, Hakeem Hunter was born in Panama and has attended many different schools in a variety of places. In high school, he completed an associate's degree through dual enrollment in the College Academy at Broward College. Hakeem was active in Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and often volunteered on weekends through the National Honor Society. With a love of music and performing, he played the french horn, trumpet and mellophone in Blanche Ely High School's marching band. In his free time, he can be found on the basketball court. Hakeem plans to major in biotechnology and then attend medical school to become a trauma surgeon.

2017 North Florida Scholar

Dependable with a can-do attitude, Jamaica Bell graduated third in her class from First Coast High School with dual enrollment at Florida State College at Jacksonville. She held a variety of leadership positions, including student manager of the credit union at her school, executive officer of NJROTC, vice president of the National Honor Society and captain of the varsity basketball and volleyball teams. In addition to being a member of the Jacksonville Mayor's Young Leaders Advisory Council, she was involved in several school clubs and enjoyed serving meals to homeless veterans and families through her volunteer work. Jamaica plans to major in management information systems and minor in entrepreneurship.