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“I let my brother and sister know immediately, this was how we were going to be able to attend college.” – Ugochi Nnaji

Name: Ugochi Nnaji School: Florida State University Year: Fall 2014 – Present   I truly believed that it was a blessing from God that I found SSF in my senior year of high school. As the oldest of triplets my mom always told my brother, sister and I that she could not pay for all […]

“SSF was the helping hand I had been looking for to pull me over this hump.” -Sergio Gomez

School: Florida State University Year: Spring 2016-Current Since I can remember, my education always topped my list of priorities. All throughout high school I would bend over backwards to maintain the high standards I set for myself academically. At first this determinism was instilled in me through the constant and relentless nagging of my parents, […]

“I didn’t expect to have fun but before I knew it we were all laughing and playing board games and charades.” -Erika Willis

Name: Erika Willis School: Florida A&M University Year: Fall 2015-Present Even at the beginning of my senior year of high school, college still seemed like a long ways off into the future. Therefore, after I received my acceptance letter from my top collegiate choice, Florida A&M University, I didn’t want to do anything except cruise […]

“Having the admission letter wouldn’t mean anything if I had nowhere to live.” – Megan Gerrard

Name: Megan Gerrard School: Florida State University Year: Spring 2015 – Current If my future- self told me that I would be at The Florida State University living in the Southern Scholarship Foundation five years ago, I never would have believed it. Going away to a four year university was something that I never thought was […]

“…It felt like all the answers to my problems had been solved.” – Carla Moore

School: Florida A&M University Year: Spring 2013- Present My senior year in high school, I applied to so many schools, it seemed as though every other week I was receiving acceptance letters. Even schools that I had not applied to were giving me calls! I became so confused on where I wanted to go, yet […]

“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 […]