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Jim Moran Institute recognizes 2017 scholarship recipient

Jamaica Bell is the 2017 Jim Moran Scholar recipient. (FSU Photography Services)
Jamaica Bell is the 2017 Jim Moran Scholar recipient. (FSU Photography Services)

The Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship in the Florida State University College of Business recognized student Jamaica Bell as the 2017 Jim Moran Scholar recipient Wednesday evening.

Bell was honored during a reception at the Pearl Tyner House at the Florida State Alumni Center. President John Thrasher, Jan Moran, family, friends and College of Business faculty and staff applauded her accomplishments.

“We are delighted to recognize Jamaica as this year’s Jim Moran Scholarship recipient,” said Bruce Lamont, director of research for the Jim Moran Institute and Thomas L. Williams Eminent Scholar of Strategy and Entrepreneurship. “We are thrilled to provide Jamaica with the opportunity to attend Florida State University and know she will demonstrate the character and dignity that Jim Moran stood for.”

Every year, The Jim Moran Foundation and Florida State award scholarships to African-American high school seniors, who are considered role models and face financial barriers. The scholarship includes college funding for four years through the Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship.

Bell, who started classes at FSU in August, graduated from First Coast High School in Jacksonville. She plans to major in management information systems. In high school, she was a member of the National Honor Society, National English Honor Society, Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps and the National Hispanic Honor Society.

Bell volunteered with the Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps and National Honor Society throughout high school. She also played basketball and volleyball at First Coast High School, where she was named the Gateway Conference’s 2015 Most Valuable Volleyball Player of the Year.

To learn more about the Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship, including programs and events, contact Calvin Burrows at cburrows@jimmoraninstitute.fsu.edu or visit https://business.fsu.edu/jmi/

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About the Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship
The Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship cultivates, trains and inspires entrepreneurial leaders through world-class executive education, applied training, public recognition and leading-edge research.

Jim Moran started his business career in Chicago selling soda pop at sandlot baseball diamonds at the age of seven, and went on to become one of America’s most successful business owners. A 1995 contribution from Jim and Jan Moran and JM Family Enterprises established the Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship at the Florida State University College of Business to help others become successful entrepreneurs. Since 2011, further enhancements to the Jim Moran Institute and its outreach have been made possible by Jan Moran and The Jim Moran Foundation.