SSF STORIES BLOG

Learn more about our residents as they share a piece of their story here on the #SSFStories Blog!

“If I can get the chance to help even a single person get a better life, it would mean the world to me.” – Kenineson Cene

Resident: Kenineson Cene House: Frueauff My name is Kenineson Cene, I am a first-generation college student attending Florida State University. ​In 2011, I excitedly began a new life in the United States, leaving my homeland of Haiti behind. I was 10 years old and ready to live the American Dream. However, once we settled, I […]

“I would have never imagined I would find a home away from home.” – Sophia Belloli

Resident: Sophia Belloli House: MET Pilot Hello! My name is Sophia Belloli and I am the Media Coordinator at MET Pilot Scholarship House in Gainesville, Florida, as well as one of the Ambassadors for Central Florida SSF (2019-2020). I am a proud first-generation student, now in my second year at the University of Florida and […]

“I have found friends that I am able to work with, cook with, clean with, and also have fun with.” – Mykalah Moore

Resident: Mykalah Moore House: Lastinger Hello! My name is Mykalah Moore and I am a third year resident at the Lastinger Scholarship House, and will be graduating from Florida State University in fall 2020 as a biology major. I found out about SSF through my father, who was actually a resident of Lastinger House when […]

“After I graduate, I would like to work as an IT consultant or a business consultant.” – Amir Wilson

Resident: Amir Wilson House: Malthouse My name is Amir Wilson and I live in the Malthouse Scholarship House. My major is Management Information Systems and I am a sophomore at Florida State University. I am 20 years old and I was born in Jacksonville, Florida in the Orange Park Area. I went to William M. […]

“Living in a scholarship house is like having a second family…” – Karalyn King

Resident: Karalyn King House: Hansen-FAMU Greetings and humble salutations! I am Karalyn King, a first year biology pre-med scholar at the illustrious Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University. I was born and raised in the city of Lake Alfred, Florida. I graduated high school with a 3.9 GPA and a 3.3 college GPA along with my […]

“I can be who I wanted to be.” – Neika Alexandre

Resident: Neika Alexandre House: Rotary (FSU) I have two stories, one in Haiti and another in America. I was born in Haiti, and I lived there for eight years. For eight years, all I knew was to be Haitian in my community. Both of my parents were born in Haiti, and they had two children, […]

“I’ve actually been able to refer to this place as my ‘back at home!'” – Megan Hatch

Resident: Megan Hatch House: Grace Fox When I came to SSF, it was Spring 2019, so I was transitioning from living on campus in a dorm to moving into an actual house in my first year of college. I’ll have to admit, it was very stressful for me at first! Freshman year is already doozy, […]

“Receiving the scholarship has been a major highlight of my time here at Florida State.” – Andrea Moran-Melendez

Resident: Andrea Moran-Melendez House: Pilot (FSU) My name is Andrea Cristina Moran-Melendez and my pronouns are she, her and hers. I am a first year CARE 19’ Summer Bridge student majoring in Behavioral Neuroscience and Public Health on a Pre-Med Track. My involvements on campus include the Service Leadership Seminar, the Freshman Leadership Institute, and […]

“This scholarship has introduced me to my family away from home.” – Valentina Eslava

Resident: Valentina Eslava House: Mack Tyner Hey there! My name is Valentina Eslava from Orlando, FL and I am currently a third year Health Science student with a minor in “Disabilities in the Society” at the University of Florida. A fun fact about me is that I have an identical twin sister that also goes […]

“I know I can walk into any space of the house and find someone to talk to.” – Katelyn Legaspi

Resident: Katelyn Legaspi House: ADK I am Katelyn Legaspi from Sarasota, Florida and I am a first year student at Florida State University. I found out about SSF through a friend of mine who graduated high school a year before me. She is also in SSF and goes to Florida State. I asked her for […]