In partnership with Florida State University (FSU), The Jim Moran Foundation annually recognizes up to two African American high school seniors from North and South Florida as Jim Moran Scholars. Established by our Founder, this legacy scholarship provides hardworking students who are role models for others and have been admitted to FSU with an opportunity to succeed through education regardless of their financial barriers. Each receives a four-year, needs-based scholarship with funding provided through the Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship.

Please note: The Foundation does not accept any unsolicited scholarship requests. FSU determines eligibility for the scholarship and proactively contacts potential applicants.

2021 South Florida Scholar

Samantha Dieujuste graduated as valedictorian from Sheridan Technical High School in Fort Lauderdale and became a certified medical assistant through the school’s vocational program. She was also active in the National Honor Society and student government. Samantha draws personal strength from her mother and credits one of her sisters as being most influential by encouraging confidence in her achievements. As a creative person, she enjoys painting, writing and nature photography. At FSU, Samantha plans to major in Nursing. “I have a love for learning and that is something I wish to take with me and share with others as I start my journey in college,” she said.

2021 North Florida Scholar

Catherine Williams graduated as salutatorian of her class from Jean Ribault High School and earned her Associate of Arts degree with dual enrollment through Florida State College at Jacksonville. She was co-captain of the track team, National Honor Society’s social media manager, band president and trombone section leader. As the first in her family to attend college, Catherine said, “I have the opportunity to change things and create a better future not only for myself but for my family, as well.” In her free time, Catherine enjoys reading and relaxing in nature. She plans to major in finance with a career goal of working in the financial technology industry.