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

“My time at SSF has been filled with new friends and new experiences that I could have never experienced without the scholarship.” – Dante Garcia

Name: Dante Garcia House: Hawksley II Hello, my name is Dante Garcia, a third-year biology student at the University of Florida who currently resides at Hawksley II. I was born and raised in Sarasota, Florida, surrounded by the vacationing Amish community and retired old couples. Prior to attending UF, I was a high schooler excited […]

“The girls in my house have become like sisters to me and have provided me with constant support.” – Kimberly Thompson

Name: Kimberly Thompson House: Rogers Rotary Hello, my name is Kimberly Thompson and I am an undergraduate student at the University of Florida double majoring in health science and women’s studies. I was born in Jamaica but raised in Lehigh Acres, Florida. My story at SSF started with an accident. I was looking up information […]

“Living in SSF has so far been a great learning experience and a great way of meeting new people.” – Kensia Saint-Hilaire

Name: Kensia Saint-Hilaire House: McKaig My name is Kensia Saint-Hilaire and I am a first-year computer science major at Florida State University. I am from Broward County, Florida and I am Haitian-American. I was accepted through the CARE program, which is a program for first-generation college students. I found out about Southern Scholarship Foundation from […]

“I’m grateful to have been living here as a first-year student, I’ve enjoyed all my time here!” – Felicia McInnis

Name: Felicia McInnis House: ADK Hi! My name is Felicia. I am a first-year student majoring in fine arts at FAMU. I tend to take classes that relate more to the animation side. I’m also a proud member of FAMU’s Art Club. We often participate in fun, artsy events together. We’re also planning to do […]

“SSF has surrounded me with a group of passionate individuals who inspire me to be the best person I can be.” – Sadaura Jeudy

Name: Sadaura Jeudy House: BPW Hello! My name is Sadaura Jeudy. I have been a resident at the BPW Scholarship House for about three years now and I am a senior at Florida State University. I was born in Haiti, then when I was about 6-months-old, my parents moved me to North Miami and that’s […]

“SSF enabled me to make connections outside of Zoom, which I’m eternally grateful for.” – Aimee Matos

Name: Aimee Matos House: Tyner Hi! I’m Aimee Matos, a student at the University of Florida majoring in psychology with an emphasis on behavioral and cognitive neuroscience (the biological and mental processes behind why we do what we do!). I was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, and moved over to the U.S. when I […]

“I have found a community here that truly means the world to me…” – Alexa Kellenberger

Name: Alexa Kellenberger House: Lastinger Hi, I’m Alexa Kellenberger! I am pursuing a dual degree in English literature and Italian language with minors in religion and anthropology at Florida State University. I am the President of the Italian Club at FSU and a member of the Gamma Kappa Alpha National Italian Honor Society. I am […]

“SSF has allowed me to focus on my academic and professional success without worrying about getting into debt or working a part-time job.” – Laura Fernandez

Name: Laura Fernandez House: Badcock Howdy, my name is Laura Fernandez, and I am a freshman at the University of Florida currently majoring in economics. A little about me, I was born in Bogota, Colombia, and moved to Orlando, FL, when I was 12-years-old. Going to a new school in a different language was very […]

“As an SSF alumni, I hope to continue to pour back into the community that has shaped me to be the woman I today.” – Rose Sisay

Name: Rose Sisay House: Pilot – Tallahassee Hello Everyone! My name is Rose Sisay and I am a senior enrolled in a dual degree program at Florida State University. I will be graduating with a B.S in Psychology and B.S in Human Sciences with a certificate in Leadership and Public Administration. After graduation, I plan […]

“SSF gave me a second family that I can always count on for a laugh or a much-needed hug.” – Chelsea Brown

Name: Chelsea Brown House: BPW Hello! My name is Chelsea Brown, and I am the current Media Coordinator for the BPW House! I am from Bradenton, Florida, and I am a freshman at Florida State University. My hobbies include yoga, kayaking, and spending quality time with the people I love. My current major is exploratory […]