SSF STORIES BLOG

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

“SSF is more than simply a scholarship; it is a home, a family, where you meet so many wonderful individuals who are both similar and different from you.” – Brianna Jackson

Name: Brianna Jackson House: Hansen FAMU Greetings! I’m Brianna Jackson, a first-year political science student at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University from Texas. I was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, and lived there for 17 years before graduating early from high school and moving to Orlando, Florida. I made the decision to go […]

“I am so grateful for the support and wonderful opportunities I have had since living here and am excited for all the opportunities SSF has prepared me for.” – Claudia Berroa

Name: Claudia Berroa House: Lastinger Hi, I am Claudia Berroa and I am a graduate student in the college of education at FSU! I am from Tampa, FL and I intend to go back there and teach in my community after I receive my Master’s degree. I recently received a scholarship for being an education […]

“SSF introduced me to some friends that I could socialize with when there was almost nobody else…” – Jacobo Budoff-Corujo

Name: Jacobo Budoff-Corujo House: Williams-Pilot Hello, my name is Jacobo Budoff-Corujo. I am a sophomore at the University of Florida, currently majoring in biology. I live at the Williams-Pilot Scholarship House and have thoroughly enjoyed the experience thus far. I am originally from Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, though I’ve been living in Florida for almost six […]

“As a result, I was able to graduate with my bachelor’s degree and pursue my master’s degree.” – Isabella Witkowich

Name: Isabella Witkowich House: Hasen UF Hi! My name is Isabella and I am a proud SSF resident. I would not be where I am today without the aid of SSF. Over two years ago, I was accepted to the University of Florida. However, I knew I would not be able to attend without a […]

“Choosing SSF has taught me structure and has pushed me to stay productive even though I am thousands of miles away from home.” – Zhoe Thomas

Name: Zhoe Thomas House: FL Retail Greetings, I am Zhoe Thomas, a first-year business administration scholar hailing from Fort Worth, Texas and I attend the illustrious school of love and charity, Florida A&M University. I serve as the Miss Freshman Attendant for the 2021-2022 academic school year. My favorite things to do are playing the […]

“There is always someone that she can lean on, regardless of the circumstance.” – Meilyn Guas-Perez

Name: Meilyn Guas-Perez House: MET Pilot Meilyn Guas-Perez has been a resident of the Met Pilot Scholarship House for three years. She is a student at Santa Fe College and majors in astronomy. She will be attending Arizona State University in the Fall of 2021 for Aerospace Engineering in Astronautics. Her favorite things to do […]

“SSF has inspired me to go above and beyond in all aspects of my life, while treating everyone I meet with the utmost respect.” – Sabrina Quijada

Name: Sabrina Quijada House: Pilot-FSU My name is Sabrina Quijada, I’m from Miami, Florida, and my dream job is to become a dentist. After graduating this upcoming Fall semester, I plan to move back to Miami in pursuit of a dental career. I have always been passionate about helping others and making them feel comfortable, […]

“Smith-Tyner is a very close-knit house so we spend lots of time together, which makes everyday a fun new adventure.” – Juan Ascanio

Name: Juan Ascanio House: Smith-Tyner Hello! My name is Juan Ascanio and I am currently the Media Coordinator for the Smith-Tyner Scholarship House. I am a sophomore information technology student at Florida State University. I was born in Caracas, Venezuela to two Cuban parents but moved to the U.S. very young. I lived in Miami […]

“I am excited to continue in SSF since it has been one of the best parts of college and my home for so long.” – Melissa Alcime

Name: Melissa Alcime House: Lundquist Hi, my name is Melissa Alcime! I have been a part of SSF for five years and currently am a second-year House Manager of the Lundquist Scholarship House. I love my role as House Manager and plan to continue in the position for this upcoming year. I am excited to […]

“Spending time with my friends is also something I enjoy and is really important to me because it allows me to unwind from the pressures of school and life.” – Kristine Smith

Name: Kristine Smith House: Rotary I’m Kristine Smith and I was born and raised in Sarasota, Florida. That’s about an hour south of Tampa. I am Colombian-American and am very proud of my heritage and family. I have two sisters, one older and one younger that I talk to almost every day. We constantly fought […]