Florida State University recognized freshmen Kiara Guerrier and Alejandro Robins as 2019 Jim Moran Scholars Wednesday.
Jim Moran Foundation Chairman and President Jan Moran and FSU President John Thrasher celebrated the scholars during a private reception held at the Jim Moran Building in downtown Tallahassee.
Each year, the Jim Moran Foundation and FSU recognize two exemplary African Americans who have been admitted to the university, with one graduating from a South Florida high school and one from a North Florida high school.
Jim Moran Scholars receive a four-year, needs-based scholarship with funding provided through the Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship, housed in the College of Business at FSU.
“Kiara and Alejandro have demonstrated intelligence, leadership and a strong desire to pursue higher education,” said Bruce Lamont, Jim Moran Eminent Scholar in Business Administration in the College of Business and director of Research at the Jim Moran Institute. “It is an honor to help them reach their potential and provide a stepping stone to a lifetime of professional and personal accomplishments.”
Guerrier graduated at the top of her nursing magnet program at Inlet Grove Community High School in Riviera Beach and earned college credits through Palm Beach State College’s dual enrollment and early admission program. She regularly volunteered through the National Honor Society, Key Club and her church. A first-generation college student, Guerrier plans to study nursing at FSU to become a neonatal nurse practitioner and help mothers and infants in poverty-stricken areas. She hopes to set a positive example for her little sister and other children.
Robins graduated from Mandarin High School in Jacksonville and Florida State College’s Dual Enrollment Program. He credits his family and his varsity basketball coaches for teaching him how to communicate and work well with others – skills he often uses to encourage cooperation among teammates, friends and classmates. In high school, he participated in the National Honor Society, volunteered at community events and tutored other students. He is passionate about math and science and plans to major in engineering to become a biomedical engineer.