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

“She told me that she had heard great things about SSF from Facebook and encouraged me to apply, and I’m glad I did!” – Amaya Marshall

Name: Amaya Marshall House: Mack Tyner Hi everyone my name is Amaya Marshall. I am originally from Jacksonville, FL but live in Charlotte, NC. I attend the University of Florida and am a third year student. My major is in dietetics. I found out about SSF through my mom. She told me that she had […]

“We all come from different backgrounds, but that does not mean we cannot come together as one.” – Reginald Dotson Jr.

Name: Reginald Dotson House: Knight Hey guys, my name is Reginald Dotson Jr., but everyone calls me Reggie. I am a second year criminal justice student attending FAMU (Florida Agricultural Mechanical University). I was born in Stuart Florida, but I grew up in Port St. Lucie Florida. Just to tell you a little bit about myself, I […]

“This is such a great opportunity and I have made friends with people that I never thought I would make friends with.” – Nairi Smith

Name: Nairi Smith House: McKaig-Malthouse Hello my name is Nairi Smith, a first year student at Florida State University majoring in political science with hopes of becoming a lawyer in the future. I am originally from Fort Lauderdale, FL and have lived there my entire life before moving to Tallahassee for school. I heard of […]

“As we finished up the tour I remember feeling certain that this is where I wanted to live.” – Callie Schneider

Name: Callie Schneider House: ADK Hello! My name is Callie Schneider! I am from Tampa, FL, and I am a junior at Florida State University. I am majoring in media/communication studies with a minor in social entrepreneurship. I am, also, pursuing a certificate in Leadership Studies. I have incredible parents and two amazing younger brothers, […]

“I know the true meaning of Women Empowerment and SSF has given me such good female role models.” – Farheen Damani

Name: Farheen Damani House: Grace Fox I was very nervous coming to SSF as a freshman because I did not know what to expect. This is my last year and I do not want to leave! I have built so many amazing friendships and have learned so many new skills. I know the true meaning […]

“I have been so blessed to be a part of this organization and find a community and home that is there for me no matter what.” – Savannah Gardner

Name: Savannah Gardner House: Hansen-UF Hello everyone! My name is Savannah Gardner and I am from Panama City, Florida. I am a first-generation college student attending the University of Florida studying agricultural education and communication. My specialization is in communication and leadership development and I am currently a marketing/social media intern for UF Innovate. I […]

“I am genuinely thankful to be accepted and apart of SSF.” – Darius Davis-Wyatt

Name: Darius Davis-Wyatt House: Malthouse Hello, my name is Darius Davis-Wyatt, and I am a first-generation freshman at Florida State University. I was born and raised in Orlando, one of Florida’s best cities, and lived with a single mother and two sisters. I have a father in my life, but after 17 years, it comes […]

“The Southern Scholarship Foundation has put me at ease these past four years so I don’t have to worry about family and financial hardships.” – Libby Mullen

Name: Libby Mullen House: Lastinger Hi, I’m Libby Mullen! I’m a senior at Florida State University studying English and Communications from Martin County. I’m currently in my 4th year (how is it already four!) of living at SSF. I found out about the Southern Scholarship Foundation in my junior year of high school from my […]

“I was so excited to hear that I was chosen to be a part of SSF.” – Ricardo Fryson, Jr.

Resident: Ricardo Fryson House: Stone Hello, my name is Ricardo Fryson, and this is my first year at FSU and my first year as an SSF resident. I am from Tampa, Florida, graduating from the best high school in the nation, Howard W. Blake. I found out about SSF through an email that was sent […]

“If I can get the chance to help even a single person get a better life, it would mean the world to me.” – Kenineson Cene

Resident: Kenineson Cene House: Frueauff My name is Kenineson Cene, I am a first-generation college student attending Florida State University. ​In 2011, I excitedly began a new life in the United States, leaving my homeland of Haiti behind. I was 10 years old and ready to live the American Dream. However, once we settled, I […]