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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the African-American Achievers Awards?

The African-American Achievers Awards recognize the accomplishments and achievements of community leaders who have made significant contributions across South Florida. Awards are given in four categories: Arts & Culture, Business & Entrepreneurism, Community Service and Education.

Additionally, a deserving high school senior is recognized with the Jerome Edmund Gray Youth Achiever Award and receives a four-year, needs-based scholarship to Florida State University.

Established in 1992, the African-American Achievers Awards are presented by JM Family Enterprises, Southeast Toyota Distributors and JM Lexus in honor of the late Jim Moran.

What do the Achievers win?

Each adult Achiever receives $10,000 to donate in support of the charity(ies) of their choice. The Jerome Edmund Gray Youth Achiever receives a four-year scholarship to Florida State University.

Additionally, the four adult award winners are recognized through a comprehensive marketing outreach campaign leading up to a special event held in South Florida, where all of the honorees are celebrated.

This year, due to pandemic related considerations, our adult honorees will be celebrated with a traditional and social media campaign during the Week of Achievement, May 17-21. The 2020 and 2021 Jerome Edmund Gray Youth Achievers will be celebrated this summer.

How can I nominate a person for an African-American Achievers Award?

Nominations for our adult achievers open in October and are accepted through the end of November. Nominations may be submitted online.

Who is eligible to be nominated?

Nominees must at least 18 years old and reside in Broward, Miami-Dade or Palm Beach County.

How are the nominations evaluated?

A panel of independent judges from across the community evaluate all nominations based on the nominee’s unique approach to creating positive change and the impact he or she has on improving the quality of life in South Florida. Every year, judges include former Achievers and respected community leaders, as well as representatives from our media sponsors.

How can I learn more?

For more information, email achievers@jmfamily.com. You can also follow African-American Achievers on Facebook and Instagram.

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