Cathy Cavanaugh (née Goodrich) is an SSF alumna from Vero Beach, FL who joined SSF in the MET Pilot Scholarship House. Her time in the house was highlighted by the built-in family and mentors, as well as group comradery during charitable events and celebrations. After receiving a degree in education from the University of Florida, […]

Currently living in New York City, Apolonia Villanueva attended Florida A&M University where she received her bachelor’s and master’s in social work. As a member of the #SSFfamily she lived in the Hansen, Lundquist, Pilot and FL Retail scholarship houses where she met amazing friends and enjoyed cooking, hanging out and playing pranks with her […]

Hailing from Panama City, FL, Simone Buchanan joined the #SSFfamily in the Lastinger Scholarship House from 2010-2012. For Simone, “Participating in the cook crew is by far the most memorable time I had with my Lastinger housemates. My best memory was preparing a baked turkey for the Thanksgiving dinner.” Simone graduated from Florida State University […]

A native of Stuart, FL, Marie Mahovetz joined SSF in the BPW Scholarship House from 2011-2013 while pursuing a degree in psychology and criminology at Florida State University. As a first-generation college student, living in SSF was significant for Marie, “SSF made the difference for me to take the leap and move to Tallahassee to […]

At the age of 12, Martine Bilodeau moved from Quebec, Canada to Florida. The transition was certainly not easy, as Martine had to learn English and struggle with academics in a new language. Being a second language learner, she missed out on a lot of academic scholarships, and she was not particularly sporty, so she […]

Before joining SSF, Nathalie Ayers (née Bazelais) lived in Tampa, FL. Having never visited Florida State University prior to her freshman orientation, she applied to and attended FSU on a whim and a prayer. Nathalie was originally placed on the waitlist for SSF, but her best friend and fellow SSF alum, Darrian Jones, encouraged her […]

Prior to SSF, Joseph Briggs lived in Crawfordville, FL, just outside of Tallahassee. In 2013, he joined the SSF family as a resident in the Hawksley II Scholarship House, while attending the University of Florida to pursue a degree in chemical engineering. As a junior and senior, Joseph served as the House Manager for the […]

Hailing from Lakeland, FL, Cody Jarrett joined SSF in 2007 while attending the University of Florida. While living in the Hartman (2007-2009), Hawksley II (2009-2011) and Williams-Pilot (summers) scholarship houses, Cody developed discipline, “Weekly cooking, work jobs, not leaving any dishes in the sink, all of those small requirements added up over the course of 4 years. As a […]

Alli Mowry is an SSF alumna from Trenton, FL who joined in 2012 as a resident in the BPW Scholarship House. She received her AA degree at TCC before transferring to FSU and receiving her Bachelor’s in Family and Child Sciences. As a resident, Alli served as House Manager and has fond memories of the E4L5K, spring cleaning and hosting the BPW Halloween Party.   After graduating, Alli has spent […]

Hailing from Fort Lauderdale, FL, Jessica Cumbie (née Dueno) joined the Polk Scholarship House in 2012 while attending Florida State University’s College of Nursing. Jessica cherished the sisterhood she gained in Polk and still has relationships with many of her housemates to this day. Her most memorable moment in SSF was, “after a winning football […]