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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.

2016 South Florida Scholar

Hardworking and determined, Dajuan Bowman graduated from William H. Turner Technical Arts High School in Miami with an impressive GPA and a medical administration assistant certification. While he excelled in the medical program, Dajuan realized his interest and path of study in college would be business administration, entrepreneurship and marketing. He credits his mother as being most influential in his life by always encouraging him to do his very best. As the Student Government parliamentarian, Dajuan helped organize a mentor program and was also active in his school’s SHAPE (Students Helping Achieve Philanthropic Excellence) program. 

Amber Balkcom

2016 North Florida Scholar

Jacksonville-native Amber Balkcom graduated from the Early College Program at Robert E. Lee High School and Florida State College at Jacksonville with 63 credit hours towards her post-secondary degree. While her parents did not complete college, they instilled in her and her older brother the importance of education. Throughout high school, Amber volunteered with the children’s ministry at her church and held leadership positions including golf team captain and National Honor Society treasurer. In addition to school, she worked part-time to help with family and college expenses. With a love for biology and anatomy, Amber plans to become a neurosurgeon.