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 […]

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 […]

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! […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]