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

Alicia Bush – Hansen-FAMU

Resident: Alicia Bush House: Hansen-FAMU On May 19, 2015, I officially completed high school. I walked across the stage, wearing a sentimental green dress beneath my robe, feeling relieved and ready for the next step in my academic career. Although I had not received a scholarship, hopefulness rested on my shoulders, and I believed that […]

Fabiana Ferrante – BPW

Resident: Fabiana Ferrante House: BPW Hi! My name is Fabiana Ferrante, I’m 22 years old and I was born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela. I completed my freshman year of college back in Venezuela where I studied Social Communication at the Monteávila University. However, things in my home country started to get worse and worse. […]

Christopher James Fernandez – Hartman-Kiwanis

Resident: Christopher James Fernandez House: Hartman-Kiwanis Throughout my whole life, I was always encouraged to do everything to the best of my ability. My parents immigrated to the United States when I was the wee age of one years old. They left behind everything they had in the Philippines – a stable job, financial security, […]

Jose Petit-Frere – E.C. Allen

Resident: Jose Petit-Frere House: E.C. Allen I am Jose Petit-Frere a real-estate and marketing at the prestigious Florida State University. Growing up, my family has always been struggling financially, emotionally and physically. From early childhood, I learned the true value of every penny and hard labor. At a young age, my mom, my siblings and […]

Isabella Silva Santos – Polk

Name: Isabella Silva Santos House: Polk I was born in Goiania, Goias in Brazil, but lived most of my life in Sao Paulo. When I was 12 years old, my parents decided to move to the United States to pursue a better life for our family. I arrived here without knowing any English, but with […]

Matthew Hamilton – Williams-Pilot

Resident: Matthre Hamilton House: Williams-Pilot I moved into my house this semester without knowing how I was going to cohabit with 16 other college boys in one house, but now I know, with the right organization and people that getting along with people from different backgrounds in the same house can be easy and beneficial. […]

Amanda (Mandy) Garcia – Badcock

Resident: Amanda (Mandy) Garcia House: Badcock Hi there! My name is Amanda Garcia, but my friends call me Mandy. I am a new resident of SSF, living in the Badcock Scholarship House. I am a first-year student at UF, on the pre-nursing track. I was born and raised in Naples, Florida, about four hours south […]

Tameila Mompoint – McKaig-Malthouse

Resident: Tameila Mompoint House: McKaig-Malthouse I was born in Virginia but raised in South Florida. I come from a Jamaican, Haitian, and Polish background. Having such a diverse background has made me very open-minded and willing to experience new things. I am currently a senior at FSU majoring in Political Science, minoring in Communications, and […]

Elisha Corlew – Smith-Tyner

Resident: Elisha Corlew House: Smith-Tyner Hi! I’m Elisha Corlew and I live in the Smith-Tyner house at the top of the hill. I am a senior and have been at the Southern Scholarship Foundation since my first semester! I was born in Winter Haven, FL (located right between Orlando and Tampa) and have grown up […]

Lakayla Moody – ADK

Resident: Lakayla Moody House: ADK My name is Lakayla Moody and I was born and raised in Miami, Florida. I’ve been through a lot of tough times back home that I’ll never forget. From family separations, deaths, depression, injuries, all the way to homelessness. You can say that I have had a lot of change […]