Paxon Grad Honored as North Florida Youth Achiever and Awarded FSU Scholarship by The Jim Moran Foundation

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Jacksonville, Fla.– Kaia Little, a 2015 graduate of Paxon School for Advanced Studies, has been selected by The Jim Moran Foundation as this year’s North Florida African-American Youth Achiever. The award includes a four-year, needs-based scholarship to Florida State University (FSU). Each year, a Duval County high school senior who qualifies for financial aid and has received admission to FSU is chosen for this legacy scholarship established by Jim Moran. Funding is provided through The Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship at FSU.

A Jacksonville native, Kaia was a bright and diligent student throughout high school. In addition to taking numerous advanced placement courses, she was a member of the National Honor Society and chair of her church’s youth council. Kaia also spent many hours volunteering at a local hospital and feeding program. She credits her mother’s determination to provide for her and her sister as one of the greatest influences in her life. Last summer, Kaia 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.

"I am so grateful for receiving this scholarship,” said Kaia. “This means that I can pursue my goals and aspirations with the encouragement of The Jim Moran Foundation. I am very thankful for the scholarship and opportunity."

With plans to major in industrial engineering, Kaia will begin FSU in Fall 2015.

“A conscientious and deserving young woman, we are proud to honor Kaia as this year’s North Florida Achiever and introduce her to our current scholars attending FSU and those who have graduated and continue to lead by example,” said Jan Moran, chairman and president of The Jim Moran Foundation. “With this scholarship, my husband wanted to remove the financial barrier that too often prevents hardworking high school students from attending college and reaching their dreams.”

To learn more about current and past Youth Achievers, visit the Honorees section of www.jimmoranfoundation.org.

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 nearly $60 million in education, elder care, family strengthening, 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.