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

“I am now proud to be a member of SSF because they represent a true family.” – Gustavo Ayala

Name: Gustavo Ayala House: Stone Before coming to SSF, I had no idea what to expect because it was a new environment for me and I felt like I had to adapt quickly in order to uphold my new home and school. However, SSF quickly because a foundation of care and family creates a community […]

“She said it was great and it helped her transition from home to college easier because of the bonds that she formed in the house.” – Tiyena Bien-Aime

Name: Tiyena Bien-Aime House: Mack Tyner Hello everyone, my name is Tiyena Bien-Aime and I am from Broward County, Florida, and I just transferred from Broward College to the University of Florida this summer. Transferring schools was not the hard part in my case, but leaving my family behind to pursue a degree in public […]

“Every individual in my house has been welcoming since day one.” – Tonny Salomon

Name: Tonny Salomon House: ECA Hello everyone, I am Tonny Salomon, an undergraduate student currently majoring in finance at Florida State University. I was born in Haiti and moved to the united states in 2010 after the deadly earthquake. I lived in West Palm Beach before moving to Tallahassee. In the future, I plan to […]

“After only a year of being a resident here, I have made so many memories, had many experiences, and overall grew as a person.” – Kayla Tran

Name: Kayla Tran House: Rogers-Rotary Hello! My name is Kayla Tran, and I am a resident of the Rogers-Rotary House. I am from the Orlando area, born and raised in Florida all my life. However, my family is from Vietnam. Despite not knowing how to speak the language, I still communicate just as well with […]

“Over my past three semesters at SSF, I have had the opportunity to learn and live with so many amazing people!” – Tamara Sonera

Name: Tamara Sonera House: Pilot FSU Greetings! My name is Tamara Sonera, a current second-year student at Florida State University majoring in social work with minors in psychology and education. I was born on the beautiful island of Puerto Rico and moved to Jacksonville, Florida, at the age of 4. I am currently the Media […]

“I love exploring new places and seeing more of this world, which is why I am passionate about travel.” – Nikita Khramov

Name: Nikita Khramov House: Hawksley II My name is Nikita Khramov, and I am currently a sophomore at the University of Florida studying finance. A bit about my background: I was born in New York, but lived in Ukraine until 7th grade. I then moved to Daytona Beach, FL, where I have been for the […]

“I can honestly say applying to SSF was one of the best decisions I have ever made…” – Da’Dreion Hampton

Name: Da’Dreion Hampton House: Smith-Tyner Hello, my name is Da’Dreion (Day-Dree-on) Hampton, and I am a first-year scholar majoring in criminology at Florida State University. I am from Sanford, Florida which is just 20 minutes northeast of Orlando. I am the youngest of three kids on my mother’s side of the family, and I am […]

“To be able to graduate without debt is a very attainable goal with the help of SSF.” – Chora Welling

Name: Chora Welling House: McKaig Hey everybody! My name is Chora Belle or Chora for short, and I am currently a freshman at FSU. I was born and raised in Jacksonville, FL. I come from a family of five kids, and I am a middle child. My favorite things include nature, water, the beach, food, […]

“I enjoy the freedom of planning that this position gives me and the numerous opportunities it has given me…” – Rose Jacques

Name: Rose Jacques House: MET Pilot Hi, my name is Rose from the MET Pilot House. I have been with SSF for three years on and off — I didn’t return for the 2020 – 2021 school year because of Covid. I was a Social Chair my freshman year and took up the role once […]

“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 […]