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

“I literally would not want to live any where else. The community at SSF is so amazing!” – Ariela Santillan

Name: Ariela Santillan House: Rogers Rotary Hi! I am Ariela Santillan. I was born and raised in New Jersey, but have been living in Florida for about eight years now! I love listening to music, spending time with my family, playing games with my housemates, learning different languages, and eating. Back home in Davenport, I […]

“I found out about the Southern Scholarship Foundation from my mom and aunt, who lived in ADK and BPW respectively.” – Gabe Sanz

Name: Gabe Sanz House: E.C. Allen My name is Gabe Sanz and I am a resident of E.C. Allen. I am from Gainesville, FL and have lived there all my life, except for when I am in Tallahassee at Florida State University. I attend the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering majoring in Civil Engineering. I also […]

“I adore the sense of community that this scholarship provided me with.” – Mia Melgarejo

Name: Mia Melgarejo House: Badcock I found out about SSF through a friend. At that point, I hadn’t applied to many scholarships and I was still extremely unsure of what I wanted to do after high school. When I got accepted, I decided to take the plunge and move out to Gainesville for school instead […]

“All in all, I’m grateful for this opportunity as I have made a couple friends along the way.” – Linda Alcime

Name: Linda Alcime House: Rotary I am a Haitian American from the small town of Immokalee, Florida. Growing up in a Haitian household, my mother always instilled the importance of education within my siblings and I. With this emphasis on education and knowledge, my interest in success in the business field developed. I am currently […]

“I am so fortunate to be a part of SSF, and I want to thank all of those who make this amazing opportunity possible.” – Mario Rodrigues

Name: Mario Rodrigues House: Smith-Tyner Hello, I’m Mario Rodrigues, I’m from Orlando. I live in the Smith-Tyner house in Tallahassee and attend FSU. I found out about SSF simply by searching online for scholarships that provide housing. My parents have made clear and told me directly that they are not able to help me financially, […]

“One fun fact about myself is that I was born in Beijing, China since my family lived there for about 7 years when I was younger.” – Corinna Gross

Name: Corinna Gross House: Lundquist Hello! My name is Corinna Gross and I am the Media Coordinator and Social Chair for the Lundquist house! Just to tell you a little bit about myself, this is my second year at SSF and I am a sophomore in the ICT major (information, communication, and technology). I am […]

“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, […]