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

“The people that I have met here so far have been absolutely wonderful and welcoming, and despite my limited time here I already feel as if I’ve made a few friends for life.” – Virginia Benedetti

Name: Virginia Benedetti House: ADK My name is Virginia Benedetti and I am a freshman at Florida State University. This is now my second semester at the ADK Scholarship House and I absolutely love it here! I was born in a small town called Piove di Sacco in Italy, but I spent the first eight […]

“I felt an immediate sense of community here. I was able to push myself to pursue leadership roles inside and outside of SSF.” – Rafena Boyd

Name: Rafena Boyd House: Hansen-UF Hello! My name is Rafena Boyd and I am a second-year microbiology and cell science major at the University of Florida. Ever since I migrated from Jamaica to the United States at the age of 4, I have been moving around South Florida. I started in Miami, ended up in […]

“It is really special to have a scholarship that starts as a necessity, become such an integral part of my college experience.” – Bobby Koch

Name: Bobby Koch House: E.C. Allen Hi, my name is Robert Koch and I am a senior double majoring in professional sales and finance. I am from Sarasota, FL. I found out about SSF from my sister and from the Sarasota county school board scholarship web page. I am incredibly grateful for SSF. I know […]

“I believe that I have found some of my closest friends and have even learned things about myself that I did not know before.” – Anais Humes

Name: Anais HumesHouse: BPW My name is Anais, and I am from Miami, Florida. I am the oldest of four children and the first person in my family to attend a four-year university. Being a first-generation college student has made the transition to college much more difficult. Still, I find myself adjusting more and more […]

“It’s so relaxing when I create art pieces such that I try to make it a weekly routine despite a busy week.” – Shontel Dove

Name: Shontel Dove House: Tyner Hi everyone, my name is Shontel Dove and I am from Lakeland Florida. My whole family is from Jamaica, so I grew up around that culture the most. The few relatives that live close by are my grandpa, grandma, and uncle. I love family so much and hope to have […]

“April is a proud Jacksonville native and has been a Seminole fan since middle school.” – April Meade

Name: April Meade House: Lastinger Resident hairstylist and seamstress, friend, chauffeur, and personal chef, April Meade of the Lastinger Scholarship House is wrapping up her third year of college at the Florida State University. April is a first-generation student majoring in Editing, Writing, and Media and her biggest inspirations and motivators are two of her […]

“I will be graduating in the Spring of 2023 with a bachelor’s in both psychology and creative writing.” – Kerlys Ruano

Name: Kerlys Ruano House: McKaig I’m a first-generation college student, born in Cuba and raised in Miami, Florida. In high school, I graduated in the top 10% of my class with two associate degrees in art from Doral College and Miami Dade College. When the time to apply to universities began, I relied on the […]

“The first time I came to the United States was in 2013 when I was 11 years old. Since then I knew I wanted to study and live here.” – Clara Brito

Name: Clara Brito House: Hawksley I Hello everyone, my name is Clara and I’m an international student from Brazil. I come from a small state on the east coast of Brazil called Pernambuco. I speak Portuguese, English, and understand a little bit of Spanish. The first time I came to the United States was in […]

“I was excited to join the SSF family and take part in some of that #SSFLove.” – Britney St. Vil

Name: Britney St. Vil House: FL Retail I am Britney N. St Vil. I am a second-year biology pre-medical student, hailing from Broward County, Florida. I was lucky enough to find out about the Southern Scholarship Foundation through my friends turned roommates. I was living on campus and hated the thought of shelling out thousands […]

“This is also my second year living in the BPW Scholarship House and I continue to grow in love with my SSF sisters and this wonderful hill.” – Madison McCoy

Name: Madison McCoy House: BPW Hello! My name is Madison McCoy! I am a second year student at Florida State University studying urban planning and social entrepreneurship. This is also my second year living in the BPW Scholarship House and I continue to grow in love with my SSF sisters and this wonderful hill (that […]