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 26 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


Mary Bedford, Ed.D.
Chair of the Board
President, Emergent Design and Development, Inc.

R. Scott Vedder
Immediate Past-Chair
Certified Financial Planner

Rhoda Glasco Foderingham, J.D. (alumna),
Chair-Elect/Governance & Nominations Chair
Retired Attorney

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

Jim Davis
Development Chair
Executive Director, Sustainable Tallahassee

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

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

James “Jay” Newman, Jr.

Linda Jenkins
At- Large
Retired Educator

Board Members

Alix Alexis
Financial Advisor, Merrill Lynch

Christine Lloyd, Ph.D.
Director of Human Resources, University of Florida

Elizabeth Boyette

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

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

John “Jack” Jenkins
Retired Educator

Joseph Briggs (alumnus)

Kathy Bell (alumna)
COO, Coloney Bell Engineering

Kelly Sleeper (alumna)
Stay-at-Home Mom

Lady Dhyana Ziegler, Ph.D.
Interim President/CEO, Florida Virtual School (FLVS)

Nicholas Appelo (alumnus)
Investment Banking Analyst, Evercore

Pamela Davis (alumna)
Retired Executive Director/CEO – Kids Inc. of the Big Bend

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

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

Herby Zephir
Student Board Representative


Shawn J. Woodin, Ed.D.

Teresa Turner
Director of Student Affairs – C. FL

Ben Stecker
Student Affairs Coordinator – C. FL

Dale Dixon
Director of Maintenance – C. FL

Liovani Nazario, Ph.D.
Director of Student Affairs – N. FL

Akira Hung
Staff Accountant

Norman Moore
Director of Maintenance – N. FL

John Stewart
Senior Maintenance Technician – N. FL

Ellyn Scanlan, Ed.D.
Development Associate

Kristie Teal
Director of Development

Troy Townsend
Communications Specialist

Becky Hunt
Development Officer

Joqsán Nakor Albaladejo-Soler
Student Affairs Assistant – N. FL

Caitlyn Mann
Student Affairs Assistant – N. FL

Our Impact

Making College Affordable
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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.”