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Jim Moran Scholars

The Jim Moran Foundation, in partnership with Florida State University (FSU), annually recognizes 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. Up to two scholars each year 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.

2018 South Florida Scholar

Born and raised in North Miami, Jerry Jean-Pierre describes himself as a “perseverant, involved, open-minded Haitian-American.” Ranked second in his graduating class at North Miami Senior High School and part of the International Baccalaureate Programme, he was vice president of the engineering club, fundraising vice president for BookMasters club and founding member of Seeds of Change gardening club. Jerry says his mother’s commitment and efforts to provide for their family has taught him to work hard and motivates him to succeed. At FSU, Jerry plans to major in computer engineering. He hopes to own a technology company one day and give back to his community in a meaningful way as Jim Moran did.

2018 North Florida Scholar

Robel Mechal graduated from Darnell Cookman School of the Medical Arts with dual enrollment through Florida State College at Jacksonville. When he emigrated from Ethiopia with his family in 2009, he struggled to fit into American culture but noted “it made me someone who is resilient and proud of where they came from.”  Robel’s mother has been the most influential person in his life by coming to America to give him a better opportunity and always being there for him. In high school, Robel was involved in activities including Mayor’s Youth Council, Key Club and Envirothon Club. He also volunteered at the library and tutored other students. With math and science being his favorite subjects, he plans to major in computer engineering.