Southern Scholarship Foundation

Through rent-free housing and cooperative living, Southern Scholarship Foundation supports students who lack financial resources, demonstrate excellent academic merit, and exemplify good character attend institutions of higher education.

For more than 60 years, SSF has helped students achieve their dreams of attending their choice university through our partnerships at Florida Gulf Coast University, University of Florida, Santa Fe College, Florida State University, Flagler College – Tallahassee, Florida A & M University, and Tallahassee Community College. While SSF does not provide monetary based scholarships, we offer rent-free homes located near our partner institutions. We currently have 27 homes statewide and serve 470 students. Check out information about each specific house here.

More than a Scholarship… an Education for Life!

SSF Board of Directors


Scott Vedder
Chair of the Board
Certified Financial Planner

Pamela Davis (alumna)
Immediate Past-Chair
Executive Director/CEO – Kids Inc. of the Big Bend

Mary Bedford, Chair-Elect
Governance & Nominations Chair
President, Emergent Design and Development , Inc.

Randy Guemple, Treasurer
Finance Chair
Executive Vice President/CFO
Prime Meridian Bank

John Dailey
Development Chair
Commissioner – Leon County

Jazmin Caton, Ed.D. (alumna)
Student Affairs Chair
Program Coordinator, YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth

Elizabeth Boyette

James “Jay” Newman, Jr.

Rhoda Glasco Foderingham, J.D. (alumna)
At- Large
Retired Attorney

Board Members

Kathy Bell (alumna)
COO, Coloney Bell Engineering

Sheila Dickison, Ph.D.
Associate Director for Academic
Programs at the Bob Graham Center for Public Service

Charlotte Edenfield (alumna)
Firm Administrator
Anderson & Hart P.A

Fanchon F. Funk, Ph.D.
Professor Emerita – FSU College of Education

Becky Hunt
Director of Sales, Marriott Hotel Group

Heather Burch, D.M.D.
Owner/Orthodontist – Burch Orthodontics

John “Jack” Jenkins, Ph.D.
Retired Educator

Linda Jenkins
Retired Educator

Bill Rutherford
Owner/Architect – Clemons Rutherford

Paula DeBoles-Johnson
Employment Engagement and Performance Manager, Leon County Government

Jim Davis
Executive Director, Sustainable Tallahassee

Lady Dhyana Ziegler, Ph.D.
Professor of Journalism – FAMU

Ryan Tucker
CPA – Purvis Gray & Company

F. James Wylie, Jr.
President/Owner – Professional Consultant, LLC

Keith Wemm
Vice President- Florida Retail Federation

Alix Alexis
Financial Advisor, Merrill Lynch

Nicholas Appelo (alumnus)
Investment Banking Analyst, Evercore

Patricia Green-Powell, Ph.D.
Interim Dean, College of Education FAMU

Kelly Sleeper (alumna)
Stay-at-Home Mom

Natazia Quinones
Student Board Representative


Dr. Shawn J. Woodin

Teresa Turner
Director of Student Affairs – C. FL

Isabella Castillo
Student Affairs Coordinator – C. FL

Daniela Rodriguez-Marty
Student Affairs Coordinator – N. FL

Dale Dixon
Director of Maintenance – C. FL

Now Hiring
Director of Student Affairs – N. FL

Akira Hung
Staff Accountant

Norman Moore
Director of Maintenance – N. FL

David Nelson
Senior Maintenance Technician – N. FL

Emily Lee
Communications Specialist

Kristie Teal
Director of Development

Troy Townsend
Development Associate

Now Hiring
Development Officer

Our Impact

Making College Affordable
Recruitment Flyer

Financials & Governance

Southern Scholarship Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization (click here for Determination Letter) that is operated by a dedicated staff and governed by a Board of Directors. We believe in transparency and invite you to view our audited financials and 990s.


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