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

“I will be graduating in the Spring of 2023 with a bachelor’s in both psychology and creative writing.” – Kerlys Ruano

Name: Kerlys Ruano House: McKaig I’m a first-generation college student, born in Cuba and raised in Miami, Florida. In high school, I graduated in the top 10% of my class with two associate degrees in art from Doral College and Miami Dade College. When the time to apply to universities began, I relied on the […]

“The first time I came to the United States was in 2013 when I was 11 years old. Since then I knew I wanted to study and live here.” – Clara Brito

Name: Clara Brito House: Hawksley I Hello everyone, my name is Clara and I’m an international student from Brazil. I come from a small state on the east coast of Brazil called Pernambuco. I speak Portuguese, English, and understand a little bit of Spanish. The first time I came to the United States was in […]

“I was excited to join the SSF family and take part in some of that #SSFLove.” – Britney St. Vil

Name: Britney St. Vil House: FL Retail I am Britney N. St Vil. I am a second-year biology pre-medical student, hailing from Broward County, Florida. I was lucky enough to find out about the Southern Scholarship Foundation through my friends turned roommates. I was living on campus and hated the thought of shelling out thousands […]

“This is also my second year living in the BPW Scholarship House and I continue to grow in love with my SSF sisters and this wonderful hill.” – Madison McCoy

Name: Madison McCoy House: BPW Hello! My name is Madison McCoy! I am a second year student at Florida State University studying urban planning and social entrepreneurship. This is also my second year living in the BPW Scholarship House and I continue to grow in love with my SSF sisters and this wonderful hill (that […]

“I literally would not want to live any where else. The community at SSF is so amazing!” – Ariela Santillan

Name: Ariela Santillan House: Rogers Rotary Hi! I am Ariela Santillan. I was born and raised in New Jersey, but have been living in Florida for about eight years now! I love listening to music, spending time with my family, playing games with my housemates, learning different languages, and eating. Back home in Davenport, I […]

“I found out about the Southern Scholarship Foundation from my mom and aunt, who lived in ADK and BPW respectively.” – Gabe Sanz

Name: Gabe Sanz House: E.C. Allen My name is Gabe Sanz and I am a resident of E.C. Allen. I am from Gainesville, FL and have lived there all my life, except for when I am in Tallahassee at Florida State University. I attend the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering majoring in Civil Engineering. I also […]

“I adore the sense of community that this scholarship provided me with.” – Mia Melgarejo

Name: Mia Melgarejo House: Badcock I found out about SSF through a friend. At that point, I hadn’t applied to many scholarships and I was still extremely unsure of what I wanted to do after high school. When I got accepted, I decided to take the plunge and move out to Gainesville for school instead […]

“All in all, I’m grateful for this opportunity as I have made a couple friends along the way.” – Linda Alcime

Name: Linda Alcime House: Rotary I am a Haitian American from the small town of Immokalee, Florida. Growing up in a Haitian household, my mother always instilled the importance of education within my siblings and I. With this emphasis on education and knowledge, my interest in success in the business field developed. I am currently […]

“I am so fortunate to be a part of SSF, and I want to thank all of those who make this amazing opportunity possible.” – Mario Rodrigues

Name: Mario Rodrigues House: Smith-Tyner Hello, I’m Mario Rodrigues, I’m from Orlando. I live in the Smith-Tyner house in Tallahassee and attend FSU. I found out about SSF simply by searching online for scholarships that provide housing. My parents have made clear and told me directly that they are not able to help me financially, […]

“One fun fact about myself is that I was born in Beijing, China since my family lived there for about 7 years when I was younger.” – Corinna Gross

Name: Corinna Gross House: Lundquist Hello! My name is Corinna Gross and I am the Media Coordinator and Social Chair for the Lundquist house! Just to tell you a little bit about myself, this is my second year at SSF and I am a sophomore in the ICT major (information, communication, and technology). I am […]