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 65 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 25 homes statewide and serve 453 students. Check out information about each specific house here.

More than a Scholarship… an Education for Life!

SSF Board of Directors


Jim Davis
Chair of the Board
Retired CPA

Rhoda Glasco Foderingham, J.D. (alumna)
Immediate Past-Chair
Retired Attorney

Sheila K. Dickison, Ph.D.
Chair-Elect/Governance & Nominations Chair
Associate Director for Academic
Programs at the Bob Graham Center for Public Service (Retired)

Ryan Tucker
Finance Chair/Treasurer
CPA – Purvis Gray & Company

Alix Alexis
Development Chair
Financial Advisor, Merrill Lynch

Kelly Sleeper
Student Affairs Chair
Human Resources Professional

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

Anne Toulouse (alumna)
Founder and Managing Director, Pleiades Partners LLC

David Ashburn
Attorney, Greenberg Traurig

Board Members

Mary Bedford
President, Emergent Design and Development, Inc.

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

Gayla Parks
Insurance Agent, State Farm

Jim Wylie, Jr.

John “Jack” Jenkins
Retired Educator

Jill W. Varnes, Ed.D.
Professor Emerita, UF College of Health & Human Performance

Kathryn Bell (alumna)

Lady Dhyana Ziegler, Ph.D.
President/CEO, ZCreators

LaShondia Kendrick
Vice President of Strategy and Operations, Comcast Central Division

Kiana Peters
Manager, PricewaterhouseCoopers

Linda Jenkins
Retired Educator

Lynn H. Leverty, Ph.D.
Lecturer, University of Florida

Nicholas Appelo (alumnus)
Investment Analyst, Capco Asset Management

Pamela Paulk (alumna)
Retired President – Johns Hopkins Medicine International

Zhishan Liang
Student Board Representative, Gresham-Kite Pilot Scholarship House (FGCU)

Tamara Sonera Serrano
Student Board Representative, Malthouse Scholarship House (Tallahassee)


Shawn J. Woodin, Ed.D.

Teresa Turner
Director of Student Affairs – C. FL

Becky Hunt
Development Officer

Dale Dixon
Director of Maintenance – C. FL

Kassandra “Kassi” Starrine
Director of Student Affairs – N. FL

Akira Hung
Staff Accountant

Norman Moore
Director of Maintenance – N. FL

John Stewart
Senior Maintenance Technician – N. FL

Caitlyn Mann
Student Affairs Assistant – N. FL


Lisa Heil
Director of Development

Alexa Kellenberger
Communications Specialist


Our Impact

Making College Affordable
Core Values

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.


“A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the Division of Consumer Services by calling toll free (800-435-7352) within the state. Registration does not imply endorsement, approval, or recommendation by the state.”