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

“I don’t know but I hope so.” – Mayra Damian

School: Florida State University Year: Fall 2013 – Current Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it. “Mayra, will you be continuing on to getting your bachelor’s degree?” asked my sociology professor after I graduated with my associates from Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College. I wanted to […]

“I knew that having an education would take me somewhere.” – Shaina Montalvo

School: Florida State University Year: Fall 2014 – Current I’d like to begin by introducing myself. My name is Shaina Montalvo and I am one of the few lady graduate students or as we like to call ourselves, the “Foxy Ladies”, living in the Southern Scholarship Foundation in the North Florida Campus. My favorite fun fact […]

“I knew that no one would be able to help me pay for college.” – Nyshira Jackson

School: Florida State University Year: Fall 2013 – Fall 2015 My name is Nyshira Jackson (in blue dress above) and like many other students in the Southern Scholarship Foundation I am the first in my family to attend a post-secondary institution. Since I was 5 years old I, along with my two siblings, was legally placed […]

“My home away from home…” – Heather A. Culp, Esq.

School: Florida State University Year: Fall ’06 – Spring ’11 *An article from the Pilot International Florida District Governor’s Bulletin. I was fortunate to call the Pilot Scholarship House my home away from home while I pursued an undergraduate degree in English Literature from the Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida. During my time at the […]

“But then I got an email.” – Charles R. Ford III

School: Florida State University Year:Fall 2014 – Current Although my parents divorced when I was young I learned to grow from this experience with two different life styles valuing the time spent with all of my family. I was born and raised in Tampa, FL but I spent the first 15 years of my life growing […]

“With two duffel bags in tow, I started my SSF journey.” – Lisa Chauveron

School: Florida State University, Santa Fe College, and University of Florida With two duffel bags in tow, I started my SSF journey, joining 20 housemates at Tallahassee’s BPW House. My roommate Patty hailed from a small North Florida town with one stop sign and a Dairy King, a far cry from my urban hometown, Miami. […]

“SSF was my Lifeline.” – Marie Mahovetz

School: Florida State University Year: Fall 2011 – Spring 2013 SSF Team: SSF Foundation Liaison: Sept. 2013-April 2015, Director of Marketing & Communications April 2015-Present I remember when my mother first told me about SSF and that I had no choice but to apply. I grew up as an only child and lived with my […]

“It’s important for us to connect and participate with organizations that make a difference” – Wogan S. Badcock, III (Donor Edition)

Loyal Supporter Testimonial: Wogan S. Badcock, III Company: W.S. Badcock Corporation Contributor Since: 1960’s Badcock Home Furniture & more has been providing support to Southern Scholarship Foundation for more than fifty years. Our partnership with SSF originated in the 1960’s when my grandparents helped furnish the first scholarship house at FSU. It’s an organization they […]

“I love running with my friends and I feel proud of myself for doing something out of my comfort zone” – #E4L5K Edition

Last semester, willing students gathered together to start their training for the 5K race. This group, called the SSF Striders, began a Couch to 5K program so they could be in tip-top shape for the Education for Life race. The three residents who were the most dedicated to running the program would receive vouchers to run […]

“The people in my life have been with me through thick and thin” – Clara M. Sowers-Rodriguez

School: University of Florida Year: SSF Alum ’02 House: Hansen 2002 Photo: My UF graduation with my friends: Jeannie, me, Holly, and Danny. Jeannie (far left) is the one who pushed to apply for SSF. When I was little, my mother taught me to read, listen to music, sing, have good manners, and treat others […]