Jim Kirk Scholarship

The Marion County Seminole Club Inc was organized in the mid 1970’s ,and is a combined alumni and booster club. Our purpose is to promote and support Florida State University in the areas of Athletics, Academics, Activities, Public image, Friendship, Fellowship and Fun. Our annual fund raising event is a spring golf tournament and banquet.

Our scholarship is named in honor of Jim Kirk for his dedication and work with Florida State University and Seminole Boosters.

Jim Kirk's professional radio days began at FSU, where he earned the university's first degree in speech with a broadcasting emphasis. He worked as a staff announcer at WCNH-AM in Quincy, and he and station owner Ben Letson began what eventually became the Seminole Sports Network. In 1953 Letson asked Kirk to manage WMOP, a new 1,000-watt station. Ten years later, Kirk bought the station. And while running Florida's oldest country and western music station, he also served as Ocala's mayor for three terms. Kirk sold WMOP in 1993. He spent many days working for the FSU Foundation and the Seminole Boosters. Mr Kirk passed away in November of 2015.

One of Mr. & Mrs. Kirk’s contributions to Florida State is a collection of Twenty-five Frederic Remington bronze sculptures, restrikes of the originals, which were donated to the College of Visual Arts, Theatre and Dance in 1994.

The 2017 Jim Kirk Scholarship Winners are Andrea Gann, Melissa Tillery and Alexandra Sexton

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