The Jim Moran Foundation Announces North Florida Youth Achiever; Awards Four-Year FSU Scholarship

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Jacksonville, Fla. - Kharian Burnett-Foster, a 2011 graduate of Paxon High School for Advanced Studies, has been named this year's North Florida African-American Youth Achiever by The Jim Moran Foundation. Along with the honor, she received a four-year needs based scholarship to Florida State University (FSU). With funding provided through The Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship at FSU, each year a high school senior who qualifies for financial aid and has applied and received admission to FSU is selected for the award.

"This scholarship means my dreams can become a reality. I can become a doctor now," said Kharian, who plans to attend medical school for cardiology after FSU. "There are so many opportunities. I'm excited and looking forward to trying something new."

Throughout high school, Kharian set high goals for herself. She completed nine advanced placement exams during her senior year and remained on the honor roll for the past four years. She was also active in numerous school organizations and volunteered at a local hospital. In addition to excelling academically, Kharian helped her mother care for her three younger siblings who are significant influences in her life and inspire her to be a positive role model.

"As a bright, focused and humble young woman, Kharian strives for success in all that she does and she exemplifies what it means to be a Youth Achiever," said Jan Moran, chairman and president of The Jim Moran Foundation. "With this opportunity and her hard-working spirit, I'm confident she will reach her greatest potential."

Kharian will begin FSU as a freshman in Fall 2011.

About The Jim Moran Foundation

Founded by automotive pioneer Jim Moran, the mission of The Jim Moran Foundation is to improve the quality of life for the youth and families of Florida through the support of innovative programs and opportunities that meet the ever-changing needs of the community. The Foundation has invested more than $20 million in education, elder care, family strengthening, after school and youth transitional living initiatives since its inception in 2000 with efforts currently focused in Broward, Palm Beach and Duval counties. Through a long-term Grant Agreement, The Foundation's significant funders are JM Family Enterprises, Inc., and its subsidiaries, including Southeast Toyota Distributors, LLC. It is located at 100 Jim Moran Blvd., Deerfield Beach, Fla. 33442. To learn more, visit www.jimmoranfoundation.org or call (954) 429-2122.

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