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

“Education for Life literally means how to live in the ‘real world’.” – Mathieu Fredrickson

School: Florida State University Year: Fall 2014 – Present Of all the challenges I have overcome in order to be the person I am today, the one that sticks out most is growing up with Asperger’s Syndrome. Growing up with Asperger’s Syndrome made social interactions and self-assessment super challenging. It especially made making friends in […]

“For about 4 years, I was ‘Super Woman’ for my mom and brother.”- Brandi Durkins

School: Florida State University Year: Fall 2013 – Summer 2016 Thinking back over my life experiences, I have overcome a lot to be the person I am today. Coming from a low income, single parent family has taught me various things about being responsible and independent. For many years, I have watched my mom deal […]

“My goal is to eventually be able to support myself with art.” – Noel Young

School: Florida Gulf Coast University Year: Fall 2006-Spring 2010 Sitting in my cap and gown on graduation day was the moment I truly realized that if it weren’t for SSF, I most likely wouldn’t be receiving my Bachelors of Science degree in Biology and Chemistry minor from FGCU. I wouldn’t have been able to afford […]

“In the past four years, I have essentially started my life over twice.” – Chris Kennedy

School: University of Florida Year: Fall 2014 – Present (Chris is pictured above on the bottom row, first on the left) In the past four years, I have essentially started my life over twice. Moving to the United States four years ago from Jamaica after graduating high school was an entirely new experience. When I was 17 years […]

“As of right now, I don’t know what it is that I will do to help change people’s lives, but I know I won’t stop until I find it.” – Olivier Barbier

School: Florida A&M University Year: Spring 2013 – Present (Olivier is pictured above in the top right) Being raised in Haiti was a magnificent and humble experience. Growing up, I was exposed to little motivation. My mother did not finish high school because she needed to take care of my grandmother. My dad had a job right […]

“I am proud to say that I graduated from Florida A&M University…” – Nicole Adams

School: Florida A&M University Year: Fall 2008 – Spring 2014 I am Nicole Adams, an SSF alumna. It was seven years ago when my journey through college began. Prior to graduating high school, I was awarded a housing scholarship though SSF. Affordable housing was one less thing that I had to worry about while transitioning […]

“I don’t know but I hope so.” – Mayra Damian

School: Florida State University Year: Fall 2013 – Current Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it. “Mayra, will you be continuing on to getting your bachelor’s degree?” asked my sociology professor after I graduated with my associates from Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College. I wanted to […]

“I knew that having an education would take me somewhere.” – Shaina Montalvo

School: Florida State University Year: Fall 2014 – Current I’d like to begin by introducing myself. My name is Shaina Montalvo and I am one of the few lady graduate students or as we like to call ourselves, the “Foxy Ladies”, living in the Southern Scholarship Foundation in the North Florida Campus. My favorite fun fact […]

“I knew that no one would be able to help me pay for college.” – Nyshira Jackson

School: Florida State University Year: Fall 2013 – Fall 2015 My name is Nyshira Jackson (in blue dress above) and like many other students in the Southern Scholarship Foundation I am the first in my family to attend a post-secondary institution. Since I was 5 years old I, along with my two siblings, was legally placed […]

“My home away from home…” – Heather A. Culp, Esq.

School: Florida State University Year: Fall ’06 – Spring ’11 *An article from the Pilot International Florida District Governor’s Bulletin. I was fortunate to call the Pilot Scholarship House my home away from home while I pursued an undergraduate degree in English Literature from the Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida. During my time at the […]