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.

2019 South Florida Scholar, Kiara Guerrier

2019 South Florida Scholar

Dependable and determined, Kiara Guerrier graduated at the top of her nursing magnet program at Inlet Grove Community High School in Riviera Beach and earned college credits through dual enrollment and early admission programs at Palm Beach State College. She regularly volunteered through the National Honor Society, Key Club and her church. As a first-generation college student, Kiara plans to study nursing at FSU to become a neonatal nurse practitioner and help mothers and infants in poverty-stricken areas of the world. She hopes to set a positive example for her little sister and other children. “I’ve worked very hard to get where I am now, and I continue to strive for more,” said Kiara.

2019 North Florida Scholar, Alejandro Robins

2019 North Florida Scholar

Humble with a strong work ethic, Alejandro Robins graduated from Mandarin High School and Florida State College at Jacksonville’s dual enrollment program. He credits his family and his varsity basketball coaches with teaching him how to communicate and work well with others — skills he often uses to encourage cooperation among teammates, friends and classmates. Alejandro participated in the National Honor Society, volunteered at community events and tutored other students. Alejandro has a passion for math and science and plans to major in engineering at FSU to become a biomedical engineer. When asked what it would mean if he received the scholarship, he said, “I would value it more than anything in the world.”