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

“Now that I’m in SSF I can study abroad, take unpaid internship opportunities, and not have to work a part-time job while in school.” – Tamia Streeter

Resident: Tamia Streeter House: ADK I was born in Miami, Florida. I graduated from Michael M. Krop Senior High in North Miami Beach where I was part of the National Honor Society, the Journalism Honor Society, the Health information project (HIP), and the school newspaper. The paper allowed me to discover my passion for writing […]

“There is always more that you can learn in life and you’ll never get enough experience.” – William Nguyen

Resident: William Nguyen House: Hawksley II I was born in Orlando, FL grown up in a family of Vietnamese immigrants. Attending the University of Florida was not possible without the Machen Florida opportunity scholars and Southern Scholarship Foundation. Thinking back to when I applied to the SSF; I definitely believe I found what I wanted […]

“I’m happy for the friends I’ve gained and the experience I have been able to obtain.” – Michael Baker

Resident: Michael Baker House: Stone To begin with, my name is Michael Baker and I am a SSF freshman, and so that means that I am a newbie here at SSF, and as a new student I will have new experiences with both SSF life and College life. SSF has greatly helped me with my […]

“I want to serve as an example for other people that attending college and living on your own can be okay.” – Claire Toman

Resident: Claire Toman House: Lundquist My name is Claire Toman. I am currently 21 years old and am finishing my AA degree at TCC this fall. I will be transferring to FSU in the Spring to study social science. As many typical college students, I love movies, Broadway musicals and television shows. I also like […]

“Coming to college has meant being the product of my mom’s sacrifices.” – Sissi Lopez Diaz Jensen

Resident: Sissi Lopez Diaz Jensen House: Gresham-Kite Pilot As a Cuban-American, the connection to the political and emotional trauma sustained due to generational exile is as painful, but albeit very different experience to that of the past. The lens through which I view the relationship between the United States and Cuba, I recognize is unique […]

“I love that instead of living with strangers for four years I had a family behind me.” – Jayla Cash

Resident: Jayla Cash House: Hansen-FAMU I am currently a fourth year architecture major attending Florida A&M University. I have been with Southern Scholarship Foundation since I began my journey in college and I have been truly grateful for my experience here. When I first joined SSF I didn’t know what to expect. I’ve never lived […]

“My housemates have made this transition easy and fun with their outgoing personalities and welcoming spirits.” – Jah’Nai Williams

Resident: Jah’Nai Williams House: Florida Retail Federation Being a first-generation college student, I was excited for this new chapter in my life and all of the wonderful opportunities it would bring me. However, I was completely unaware of the challenges I would face in the process. During my senior year of high school, my guidance […]

“Being a part of such a tight knit community of people who truly care and support one another has made me a better person.” – Savannah Plunkett

Resident: Savannah Plunkett House: Tyner Hello! My name is Savannah Plunkett, and I am from Lakeland, Florida. I am a sophomore at the University of Florida and I live with twenty-four amazing girls in the Mack Tyner Scholarship House. I found this amazing place through my principal at Harrison High School, who had the privilege […]

“Little did I know that this opportunity would change my life in such a drastic way.” – Roland Valenzuela

Resident: Roland Valenzuela House: Frueauff My name is Roland Valenzuela and I am from Hialeah which is located in south Florida. I was born in Cuba in the small village of Mayari on top of a hill in northern Cuba. I grew up in a less then ideal finical situation, however, I believed to have […]

“As a result of my invaluable life experiences and lessons from higher education, I have been molded into a better version of myself.” – Michelle Le

Resident: Michelle Le House: Lastinger I am a fourth-year pre-health student majoring in Family and Child Sciences with plans of attending Physician Assistant School in the near future. With my parents immigrating to the U.S. from Vietnam before I was born, I am a first generation American and student. I am a part of 4 […]