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

“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 […]

“April is a proud Jacksonville native and has been a Seminole fan since middle school.” – April Meade

Name: April Meade House: Lastinger Resident hairstylist and seamstress, friend, chauffeur, and personal chef, April Meade of the Lastinger Scholarship House is wrapping up her third year of college at the Florida State University. April is a first-generation student majoring in Editing, Writing, and Media and her biggest inspirations and motivators are two of her […]