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

“But then I got an email.” – Charles R. Ford III

School: Florida State University Year:Fall 2014 – Current Although my parents divorced when I was young I learned to grow from this experience with two different life styles valuing the time spent with all of my family. I was born and raised in Tampa, FL but I spent the first 15 years of my life growing […]

“SSF was my Lifeline.” – Marie Mahovetz

School: Florida State University Year: Fall 2011 – Spring 2013 SSF Team: SSF Foundation Liaison: Sept. 2013-April 2015, Director of Marketing & Communications April 2015-Present I remember when my mother first told me about SSF and that I had no choice but to apply. I grew up as an only child and lived with my […]

“It’s important for us to connect and participate with organizations that make a difference” – Wogan S. Badcock, III (Donor Edition)

Loyal Supporter Testimonial: Wogan S. Badcock, III Company: W.S. Badcock Corporation Contributor Since: 1960’s Badcock Home Furniture & more has been providing support to Southern Scholarship Foundation for more than fifty years. Our partnership with SSF originated in the 1960’s when my grandparents helped furnish the first scholarship house at FSU. It’s an organization they […]

“I love running with my friends and I feel proud of myself for doing something out of my comfort zone” – #E4L5K Edition

Last semester, willing students gathered together to start their training for the 5K race. This group, called the SSF Striders, began a Couch to 5K program so they could be in tip-top shape for the Education for Life race. The three residents who were the most dedicated to running the program would receive vouchers to run […]

“The people in my life have been with me through thick and thin” – Clara M. Sowers-Rodriguez

School: University of Florida Year: SSF Alum ’02 House: Hansen 2002 Photo: My UF graduation with my friends: Jeannie, me, Holly, and Danny. Jeannie (far left) is the one who pushed to apply for SSF. When I was little, my mother taught me to read, listen to music, sing, have good manners, and treat others […]

“Part of being the youngest meant that I had to work” – Arkin Buyukozturk

School: Florida State University Year: Sophomore House: Smith-Tyner Hi, my name is Arkin Buyukozturk. I’m a resident and an Ambassador of  SSF. I was born and raised in Ft. Lauderdale, FL and first found out about SSF through my older brother Bert (right in photo above) who is also an Ambassador and has lived at SSF […]

“I felt I could handle being the only black female” – Rhoda Glasco Foderingham

School: Florida State University Year: SSF Alum ’68 House: FEA My name is Rhoda Glasco Foderingham. I am the first black female admitted into a scholarship house. I remember going to the office of Dr. Walter Jarecki at Broward Junior College (Broward College) and his informing me that he thought I would be a good […]

“When I was young, my family and I went through many hardships” – Rebekah Firmin

School: Tallahassee Community College Year: Freshman House: Lundquist I grew up in Lakeland, Florida in a house devoted to our Christian faith. When I was young, my family and I went through many hardships. By the age of seven I lost my father to cancer. As a child it was hard to watch my dad […]

“Circumstances I have endured in my life… allowed me to realize my true purpose” – Gabby Dawkins

School: Florida A&M University Year: Fall 2012 – Fall 2015 House: Florida Retail Federation My name is Gabrielle Dawkins and I am a Broadcast Journalism student at FAMU. I enjoy quality time with family, I am a dedicated worker, and I try to maintain peace and happiness throughout my hectic life. When SSF asked me what […]

“I live in the Gresham-Kite Pilot House and I love it!” – Brittany Thompson

School: Florida Gulf Coast University Year: Senior House: Gresham-Kite Pilot My name is Brittany Thompson from Port Charlotte, Florida. I live in the Gresham-Kite Pilot House and I love it! When I was a senior in high school I went through the college financial aid search and I applied to a myriad of scholarships. Anything […]