In September 2018 students, family and friends gathered in Tallahassee on the campus of Florida Agricultural Mechanical University (FAMU) to celebrate the life of Jordan Thorne. Jordan was a sophomore at FAMU and a native of Jacksonville, Florida. Jordan unexpectantly passed away from injuries sustained in a car accident.
“Jordan was a giver, his heart and his humor was his strongest character traits. From tutoring to motivating friends to stay the course in college, and babysitting his cousins or buying gifts for his sister, there wasn’t anything he wouldn’t do to help,” said mother Tonisha Landry.
Educator Betty Burney and founder of I’m A Star Foundation partnered with Landry, to award $8000 in scholarships to students of single parents in his honor. Jordan was a former STAR student.
The Jordan Scholarship Fund will focus on the importance of personal resilience and making successful strides while overcoming adversity. Jordan was a graduate of Paxon School for Advanced Studies, and a student at Florida A&M University. He aspired to earn a Doctorate of Physical Therapy. The scholarship is designed for students of single parents who are enrolled in, or seeking entry to a college or university.
I’m A Star Foundation is a volunteer program that transforms middle and high school students into the next generation of servant leaders. An acronym for “Smart, Talented And Resilient” students, the Foundation draws kids ages 13-18 from schools across Duval County.