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

“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 […]

“I am incredibly thankful to have been given this opportunity to have on-campus housing.” – Benjamin Ream

Resident: Benjamin Ream House: E.C. Allen I am a native of North Florida, having grown up in Wakulla County, just 25 minutes from the campus of Florida State University. About 4 years ago, my family heard about SSF through a friend who was actually living in the scholarship house that I am at now, ECA! […]

“Without SSF, I wouldn’t be attending a top 7 public university in the nation.” – Ciara Miller

Resident: Ciara Miller House: MET Pilot My name is Ciara Miller, my pronouns are she/her, and I am the Media Coordinator at the MET Pilot Scholarship House in Gainesville, Florida. I am in my first year at the University of Florida and in SSF. I am originally from Jacksonville, Florida but I lived in Cudjoe […]

“The experiences that I have had and will continue to have at SSF will have an impact on the rest of my life…” – Lucy Frank

Resident: Lucy Frank House: Rogers-Rotary When I was ten years old, my family packed up and moved from our home in Nova Scotia, Canada all the way to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. While at first it was terrifying, what followed was three years of exciting adventures in a melting pot of cultures from around […]

“I have had nothing but acceptance and gratitude from the staff and supporters.” – MaKayla Hoover

Resident: MaKayla Hoover House: Rotary Hi, I’m MaKayla! I spent most of my life living in Jackson, MS. When I was 16, I moved to Dallas, TX. There, I began to realize what all opportunities I actually have, and I knew what I wanted to be after college. Some people ask why I didn’t choose […]

“SSF has become more than just a scholarship, as it has become my second family.” – Job Bernadin

Resident: Job Bernadin House: Hawksley II Maya Angelou once said: “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” My name is Job Bernadin and this is my story. I am currently a senior at the University of Florida majoring in Business Administration with a minor in Accounting. I was raised in […]

“The other 16 girls living in the house with me have become some of my best friends.” – Janiya Donson

Resident: Janiya Donson House: McKaig-Malthouse My name is Janiya Donson and I am from Pensacola, FL. I grew up in a middle-class home of downtown Pensacola with my mother and two brothers. My mom taught me to be tough and resilient throughout high school and I am continuing to make her proud every day. Throughout […]

“Choosing SSF has expanded my relationships and resources I can rely on during my matriculation through college.” – Nathalie Arango

Resident: Nathalie Arango House: Hansen UF I was born and raised in Orlando, FL. Living in Florida has been amazing because of the beautiful beaches and city lights I see every night in downtown Orlando. I grew up with both my parents and my older brother. Having the opportunity to live with my mother and […]

“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 […]