Endowed Scholarships & Fellowships
Jean and Jewel Ahrano Scholarship and Fellowship Fund
Jean Ahrano was born in Washington, DC, and later lived in Tampa before moving to Gainesville. He earned his bachelor's degree in business administration with an accounting major from the University of Florida in 1931 and worked as the co-owner and manager of the College Inn store and restaurant in Gainesville.
From 1942-45, Jean worked for the US Corps of Engineers in the Panama Canal Zone, serving as superintendent of camps for civilian employees engaged in wartime construction. After World War II, he resumed operation of the College Inn, and retired in 1963. He also served as director of Florida National Bank in Gainesville from 1959-79.
Jewel was born in Gainesville and was a lifelong resident. She was a 1938 graduate of Gainesville High School. She worked for the county superintendent of schools and the county agricultural agent, and later, for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in the Panama Canal Zone from 1943-44.
From 1959-71, Jewel was the manager of the former Westview Homes Housing on Archer Road. She was a lifelong member of the First Baptist Church, Gainesville Woman's Club, Thomas Center Associates and the University of Florida Libraries' Howe Society. She was also a life member of the Gainesville Garden Club and Alachua General Hospital Auxiliary.
Jewel passed away in 2003 and was followed by Jean in 2004. Their estate and their three children, Cary J. Ahrano, Marilyn A. Covelli and Judith Kittel established this fund in 2007.
Undergraduate and graduate students in the Warrington College of Business Administration. Fund income is evenly divided between need-based scholarship and fellowship awards.
Students admitted to the Hough Graduate School of Business at the Warrington College of Business Administration are automatically considered for this award.