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

“My SSF experience in both houses have been everything I could have asked for.” – Caleb Hayes

Name: Caleb Hayes House: Malthouse My name is Caleb Hayes. I grew up in Tallahassee, Florida where I graduated from Lincoln high school in 2017. I first attended Tallahassee Community College to save some money on tuition, which I highly recommend to any incoming freshman. After two years of TCC and earning my A.A. degree, […]

“I want them to know that anything is possible as long as you stick with your plan.” – Venet Desir

Name: Venet Desir House: Frueauff My name is Venet Desir Jr., and I’m from Tampa, Florida. I’m a second-year engineering student at Florida A&M University. I actually received a scholarship from an FSU alumni, the summer before my freshman year. After chatting with her, I found out that she lived in SSF. She then began […]

“Although this year has had some difficulties, there are many things that I enjoy that make my college experience so much better!” – Megan Hatch

Name: Megan Hatch House: Grace Fox My name is Megan Hatch, and I’m a third-year undergraduate student at Florida State University. I represent the Grace Fox House as Media Coordinator. I entered college as a studio art major, because I have always loved making art, but I didn’t know how I would pursue that as […]

“Moving into SSF, I’ve connected with a large group of people that share common interests and values.” – Sheryl Gontran

Name: Sheryl Gontran House: Hansen-FAMU Greetings and humble salutations! I am Sheryl Massialah Gontran, a second-year student here at the illustrious Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, majoring in pre-nursing. I am from the beautiful West Palm Beach, Florida. The reason I chose to attend a historically black university over any other university was to experience […]

“A fun fact about me is that I am the youngest child of three boys, but all of my siblings are over a decade older than me.” – Recobe Scott

Name: Recobe Scott House: Knight Ello ‘mate! I am Recobe Scott, a third-year theater performing arts student from Atlanta, Georgia. I became acquainted with SSF through my older brother as he was a former resident living in Knight House in 2007. Some of my favorite hobbies are producing music, playing the violin, working out, taking […]

“The people that I have met here so far have been absolutely wonderful and welcoming, and despite my limited time here I already feel as if I’ve made a few friends for life.” – Virginia Benedetti

Name: Virginia Benedetti House: ADK My name is Virginia Benedetti and I am a freshman at Florida State University. This is now my second semester at the ADK Scholarship House and I absolutely love it here! I was born in a small town called Piove di Sacco in Italy, but I spent the first eight […]

“I felt an immediate sense of community here. I was able to push myself to pursue leadership roles inside and outside of SSF.” – Rafena Boyd

Name: Rafena Boyd House: Hansen-UF Hello! My name is Rafena Boyd and I am a second-year microbiology and cell science major at the University of Florida. Ever since I migrated from Jamaica to the United States at the age of 4, I have been moving around South Florida. I started in Miami, ended up in […]

“It is really special to have a scholarship that starts as a necessity, become such an integral part of my college experience.” – Bobby Koch

Name: Bobby Koch House: E.C. Allen Hi, my name is Robert Koch and I am a senior double majoring in professional sales and finance. I am from Sarasota, FL. I found out about SSF from my sister and from the Sarasota county school board scholarship web page. I am incredibly grateful for SSF. I know […]

“I believe that I have found some of my closest friends and have even learned things about myself that I did not know before.” – Anais Humes

Name: Anais HumesHouse: BPW My name is Anais, and I am from Miami, Florida. I am the oldest of four children and the first person in my family to attend a four-year university. Being a first-generation college student has made the transition to college much more difficult. Still, I find myself adjusting more and more […]

“It’s so relaxing when I create art pieces such that I try to make it a weekly routine despite a busy week.” – Shontel Dove

Name: Shontel Dove House: Tyner Hi everyone, my name is Shontel Dove and I am from Lakeland Florida. My whole family is from Jamaica, so I grew up around that culture the most. The few relatives that live close by are my grandpa, grandma, and uncle. I love family so much and hope to have […]