SSF STORIES BLOG

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

William Nguyen – Hawksley II

Resident: William Nguyen House: Hawksley II I was born in Orlando, FL grown up in a family of Vietnamese immigrants. Attending the University of Florida was not possible without the Machen Florida opportunity scholars and southern scholarship foundation. Thinking back to when I applied to the Southern Scholarship Foundation; I definitely believe I found what […]

Michael Baker – Stone

Resident: Michael Baker House: Stone To begin with, my name is Michael Baker and I am a SSF freshman, and so that means that I am a newbie here at SSF, and as a new student I will have new experiences with both SSF life and College life. SSF has greatly helped me with my […]

Claire Toman – Lundquist

Resident: Claire Toman House: Lundquist My name is Claire Toman. I am currently 21 years old and am finishing my AA degree at TCC this fall. I will be transferring to FSU in the Spring to study social science. As many typical college students, I love movies, Broadway musicals and television shows. I also like […]

Rena Bien-Aime – Rogers-Rotary

Resident: Rena Bien-Aime House: Rogers-Rotary My name is Jorena Bien-Aime, but I go by Rena or Re’. I am originally from south Florida, I was born in West Palm beach and raised in Boynton Beach. I was raised by mother who taught me to be independent, strong, and that I can have any dream I […]

Sissi Lopez Diaz Jensen – Gresham-Kite Pilot

Resident: Sissi Lopez Diaz Jensen House: Gresham-Kite Pilot As a Cuban-American, the connection to the political and emotional trauma sustained due to generational exile is as painful, but albeit very different experience to that of the past. The lens through which I view the relationship between the United States and Cuba, I recognize is unique […]

Jayla Cash – Hansen-FAMU

Resident: Jayla Cash House: Hansen-FAMU I am currently a fourth year Architecture major attending Florida A&M. I have been with Southern Scholarship Foundation since I began my journey in college and I have been truly grateful for my experience here. When I first joined SSF I didn’t know what to expect. I’ve never lived with […]

Jah’Nai Williams – Florida Retail Federation

Resident: Jah’Nai Williams House: Florida Retail Federation Being a first-generation college student, I was excited for this new chapter in my life and all of the wonderful opportunities it would bring me. However, I was completely unaware of the challenges I would face in the process. During my senior year of high school, my guidance […]

Savannah Plunkett – Tyner

Resident: Savannah Plunkett House: Tyner Hello! My name is Savannah Plunkett, and I am from Lakeland Florida. I am a sophomore at the University of Florida and I live with twenty-four amazing girls in the Mack Tyner Scholarship House. I found this amazing place through my principal of Harrison High School, who had the privilege […]

Roland Valenzuela – Frueauff

Resident: Roland Valenzuela House: Frueauff My name is Roland Valenzuela and I am from Hialeah which is located in south Florida. I was born in Cuba in the small village of Mayari on top of a hill in northern Cuba. I grew up in a less then ideal finical situation however I believed to have […]

Michelle Le – Lastinger

Resident: Michelle Le House: Lastinger I am a fourth-year pre-health student majoring in Family and Child Sciences with plans of attending Physician Assistant School in the near future. With my parents immigrating to the U.S. from Vietnam before I was born, I am a first generation American and student. I am a part of 4 […]