Ayanna Jarido

Ayanna Jarido

Ayanna is a Kelly/Strul Emerging Scholar and First-Generation student. The Kelly/Strul Emerging Scholars Program provides first-generation, low-income students with financial resources and personal support to help them graduate from FAU in four years or less. Ayanna chose to attend FAU because we are one of the most diverse schools in Florida. She was intrigued to be apart of such a diverse campus. In addition, the many resources available on campus to provide help for students made FAU her number one choice.

Upon embarking on her journey at FAU, Ayanna joined the Black Student Union and the First and Proud club. She believes her overall drive to not only succeed but see others succeed makes her unique. “I genuinely love to see my peers thrive.”

Ayanna is pursuing her degree in Social Work and plans to complete internships along her journey. She also wishes to speak on a motivational platform to young girls and once she’s stained her degree move out of Florida.


Design and Social Inquiry


Social Work






Paterson, New Jersey

Clubs and Organizations:

Kelly/Strul Emerging Scholar, Black Student Union, First and Proud

Words to live by:

“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.” - Maya Angelou

What’s one thing every FAU student should experience?

Every FAU student should experience an FAU sports game.

Advice for fellow students:

My advice for other incoming students is not be shy!!! Get out there and meet people, network yourself, and get involved!