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
Chair of the Board
Certified Financial Planner
Pamela Davis (alumna)
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
Executive Vice President/CFO
Prime Meridian Bank
Commissioner – Leon County
Jazmin Caton, Ed.D. (alumna)
Student Affairs Chair
Program Coordinator, YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth
James “Jay” Newman, Jr.
Rhoda Glasco Foderingham, J.D. (alumna)
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)
Anderson & Hart P.A
Fanchon F. Funk, Ph.D.
Professor Emerita – FSU College of Education
Director of Sales, Marriott Hotel Group
Heather Burch, D.M.D.
Owner/Orthodontist – Burch Orthodontics
John “Jack” Jenkins, Ph.D.
Owner/Architect – Clemons Rutherford
Employment Engagement and Performance Manager, Leon County Government
Executive Director, Sustainable Tallahassee
Lady Dhyana Ziegler, Ph.D.
Professor of Journalism – FAMU
CPA – Purvis Gray & Company
F. James Wylie, Jr.
President/Owner – Professional Consultant, LLC
Vice President- Florida Retail Federation
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)
Student Board Representative
With years of experience directing scholarship programs and student housing, I am thrilled to be SSF’s President/CEO. Our residents inspire me to elevate the foundation’s profile and attract new supporters to our cause. When not at SSF, I spend time with my wife and two teenagers—and together we occasionally travel to far-flung places to visit friends and family.
Dr. Shawn J. Woodin
Hi, I’m Teresa and I am the Director of Student Affairs for our Central Florida Campus! In my role I am lucky enough to meet our students during the interview process and hear their powerful stories. But the real joy comes in watching them grow into these highly productive adults who are out there every day achieving their dreams. My time with SSF goes beyond the word rewarding because the impact our residents have made on me is something I will always carry with me.
Director of Student Affairs – C. FL
Hello! My name is Isabella Castillo and I am the Student Affairs Coordinator for Central Florida. I am majoring in Industrial and Systems Engineering at the University of Florida. As an SSF resident, I know how much love is poured into this community and giving back to it in this way is such a rewarding experience. From the leadership experience I have gained to the countless friendships I have made, SSF has been a powerful impact in my life.
Student Affairs Coordinator – C. FL
Hi, I’m Daniela! I am the Student Affairs Coordinator for SSF North Florida Campus and I am passionate about the experiences of our students! As hospitality major at Florida State University, I use my experience working for SSF to broaden my understanding of service and hospitality. I am an avid fan of reality television and Zaxby’s.
Student Affairs Coordinator – N. FL
Hello, my name is Dale and I’m the Maintenance Director for Central Fl. I look after all the resident houses in Gainesville and Ft. Myers. I have been doing maintenance for over 25 years and I really enjoy helping people.
Director of Maintenance – C. FL
Hey, I’m Trent! As Director of Student Affairs for North Florida, I have the opportunity to serve our residents both directly and indirectly. I work with the House Managers, who manage day-to-day operations within the houses, and the Ambassador Team members who organize events to bring our community even closer together. Hearing the stories of our amazing residents and learning of their aspirations motivates me to make the best of every day.
Director of Student Affairs – N. FL
Hello, my name is Akira Hung. At work, numbers are my partner. Loyal, dependable and organization are my friends. Being a crazy cat lady and mother of two, I love to snuggle and take naps with my family.
Jr. Staff Accountant
Hi, I’m Norman! As the Director of Maintenance for our North Florida Homes my job centers on keeping all 17 of them up and running. Even though it can be a daunting task at times, I do get the privilege to meet and learn a little about our incredible residents along the way. After almost 12 years I have seen many students come and go, and I look forward to meeting the future residents of SSF.
Director of Maintenance – N. FL
My name is David Nelson and as Senior Maintenance Technician I assist the Director of Maintenance for North Florida, Norman. We repair and maintain the SSF facilities so residents can have a home-away-from-home. I’ve enjoyed working here for 13 years, and proud to encourage our residents to have “An Education for Life”!
Senior Maintenance Technician – N. FL
Hey there, I’m Emily! As the Communication Specialist it’s my job to spread the #SSFLove far and wide through various digital mediums. As an alum and having served as the House Manager of the Polk Scholarship House and Student Affairs Coordinator for North Florida, I am dedicated to SSF and helping students obtain an Education for Life!
Hi! I’m Grace Hudgins, and I am happy to continue my #SSFLegacy as the Development Associate. It’s my job to steward relationships with all of our alumni, Board, partners, and current residents to ensure that SSF continues to provide deserving college students with an Education for Life. Nothing brings me more joy than to continuously witness the impact SSF has on so many lives. In my free time, I teach dance at a local studio, enjoy beach vacations, and take trips to Gainesville to spend time with family and friends.
We are currently hiring for this position! Visit the home page to download the job description PDF.
Director of Development
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. For more detailed information about our organization’s structure, finances, governance, and policies, please click here to visit our Find Learn Give profile page.
“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.”