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

“After I graduate, I would like to work as an IT consultant or a business consultant.” – Amir Wilson

Resident: Amir Wilson House: Malthouse My name is Amir Wilson and I live in the Malthouse Scholarship House. My major is Management Information Systems and I am a sophomore at Florida State University. I am 20 years old and I was born in Jacksonville, Florida in the Orange Park Area. I went to William M. […]

“Living in a scholarship house is like having a second family…” – Karalyn King

Resident: Karalyn King House: Hansen-FAMU Greetings and humble salutations! I am Karalyn King, a first year biology pre-med scholar at the illustrious Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University. I was born and raised in the city of Lake Alfred, Florida. I graduated high school with a 3.9 GPA and a 3.3 college GPA along with my […]

“I can be who I wanted to be.” – Neika Alexandre

Resident: Neika Alexandre House: Rotary (FSU) I have two stories, one in Haiti and another in America. I was born in Haiti, and I lived there for eight years. For eight years, all I knew was to be Haitian in my community. Both of my parents were born in Haiti, and they had two children, […]

“I’ve actually been able to refer to this place as my ‘back at home!'” – Megan Hatch

Resident: Megan Hatch House: Grace Fox When I came to SSF, it was Spring 2019, so I was transitioning from living on campus in a dorm to moving into an actual house in my first year of college. I’ll have to admit, it was very stressful for me at first! Freshman year is already doozy, […]

“Receiving the scholarship has been a major highlight of my time here at Florida State.” – Andrea Moran-Melendez

Resident: Andrea Moran-Melendez House: Pilot (FSU) My name is Andrea Cristina Moran-Melendez and my pronouns are she, her and hers. I am a first year CARE 19’ Summer Bridge student majoring in Behavioral Neuroscience and Public Health on a Pre-Med Track. My involvements on campus include the Service Leadership Seminar, the Freshman Leadership Institute, and […]

“This scholarship has introduced me to my family away from home.” – Valentina Eslava

Resident: Valentina Eslava House: Mack Tyner Hey there! My name is Valentina Eslava from Orlando, FL and I am currently a third year Health Science student with a minor in “Disabilities in the Society” at the University of Florida. A fun fact about me is that I have an identical twin sister that also goes […]

“I know I can walk into any space of the house and find someone to talk to.” – Katelyn Legaspi

Resident: Katelyn Legaspi House: ADK I am Katelyn Legaspi from Sarasota, Florida and I am a first year student at Florida State University. I found out about SSF through a friend of mine who graduated high school a year before me. She is also in SSF and goes to Florida State. I asked her for […]

“Thanks to the financial relief SSF offers, I can actually execute these dreams!” – Zoe Baker

Resident: Zoe Baker House: BPW Hello everyone! I am Zoe Baker, a third year political science scholar with a minor in pre-law attending the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University. Though I graduated high school in Kissimmee, Florida, I am originally from Hartford, Connecticut. I relocated as a high school junior because my mom had a […]

“This is definitely an experience that I will never forget.” – Marika Vassell

Resident: Marika Vassell House: Mack Tyner Hey everyone! My name is Marika Vassell and I am a first year student at the University of Florida. I have lived in South Florida my entire life, growing up in Broward County. Moving to Gainesville was a bit of a transition for me because there isn’t much to […]

“I was immensely attracted to the focus on community and building relationships.” – Diego Pomales-Muniz

Resident: Diego Pomales-Muniz House: Williams-Pilot Hello! My name is Diego Pomales-Muniz and I’m the Social Chair and Media Coordinator from the Williams-Pilot Scholarship House. I’m a freshman at the University of Florida, majoring in Mathematics. I’m from Sanford, Florida, a town about 40 minutes north of Orlando. I was third in my class in high […]