SSF continues to be successful in recruiting the best and the brightest students who possess a financial need, and strong academic success and good character. In response, our residents achieve their dream of a college education. Our success is due to the large participation from our alumni and partners. As a supporter of SSF, you are helping ensure future generations of deserving students attain an Education for Life.

Ways to become an active participant with SSF are by staying informed, becoming a member of one of our Giving Communities, engaging in partnership opportunities, and participating in other ways to give.

Your Gift Matters

SSF is privately funded. Your gifts supply SSF with the critical operating support we need to cover the cost of rent-free housing scholarships for students. To learn more about how your gift makes a lasting impact, please review our latest Executive Summary.

Ways to Engage

  • Submit your profile for the alumni-focused Nothing Short of Extraordinary social media features.
  • Become a House Champion – Take a house under your wing with house dinners, exam time treats, inspiration and #SSFLove throughout the year!
  • Spread the word and recruit new residents through your clubs, faith institutions, and social network.
  • Become a Program Sponsor for socials, Week of Welcome, or graduation events.
  • Honor someone special – with a tribute, memorial gift, or sponsor an SSF resident.
  • Facilitate a matching gift – many companies match an employee’s gift to charitable and educational organizations
  • Donate
    • Online
    • Phone – 850-222-3833
    • Mail – 322 Stadium Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32304. Please make check payable to Southern Scholarship Foundation and specify any designation for your gift.
    • Donate stock, make a charitable IRA Distribution, create a legacy endowment – contact SSF for more information on any of these options.

SSF Giving Communities

SSF’s Giving Communities celebrate individuals and organizations who exemplify the Foundation’s values and support the mission. Members play a significant role in the financial health of SSF and make a powerful statement about how much they value the Education for Life philosophy.

Educators for Life & President’s Circle

An Educator for Life elevated SSF to the level of family, designating SSF with a legacy gift in their estate plans. Educators for Life may name SSF in their will, trust, retirement plan, life insurance, endowment, charitable remainder annuity, or other planning mechanism. Educators for Life may specify the use of those funds, establish a named endowment fund, or allow SSF to direct the use of funds as most needed.

Upon reaching this significant threshold, donors whose total lifetime giving to SSF exceeds $100,000 are automatically inducted into the President’s Circle. Both individuals and organizations may become members of the President’s Club.

Educators for Life

Amber Tynan
Andrew M. and Kristin Watkins
Ann Marie Leonard
Carolyn Twaddle
Charlotte and Mark Edenfield
Cheryl Botts
Claudia and Richard Ward
Esther K. Adams and Edmund R. Becker
Evan C. Earle, Jr.
Evelyn Vlasak
Fanchon Funk
Gary B. and Sherry Clarke
George Tom and Elicia Flowers
Jackie and D. Kyle McDonald
James L. and Sherry B. Morrison
James M. and Barbara Ann Blue
Jazmin and Tyler Caton
Jeffrey Aguilar and Vincent Pawlowski
John Wood Ayers Trust
Kelly D. and Dave Sleeper
Lana St. Hilaire
Linda R. Eshleman
Marcia J. Melvin
Mary Janetta and Larry Kieffer
Michael E. and Dorothy N. Dowell
Mickey S. and Audrey Moore
Patricia Duggins and Keith Sigmon
Pearl Tyner Estate
R. Scott Vedder
Raymond and Lisette Kolar
Rebecca Gill Tolnay
Rose Marie Worley
Sandra Schmidt
Sheila K. Dickison
Thomas K. and Ginger Wetherell
Valdeen and Richard Bassett
W. Louis and Carolyn Bashaw
William B. “Jargo” Clark
William B. and Nancy Malthouse
William K. Donald

President’s Circle

Alfred I. duPont Foundation
Ann Marie Leonard
Archibald Foundation
Arlington Lions Club Foundation
Batchelor Foundation
Blanche S. Buck Charitable Foundation
Charles A. Frueauff Foundation
Cynthia Schumacher
Don A. and Fran Veller
E.C. and Tillie Allen
Ellen H. LeDuc
Florida Alpha Delta Kappa
Florida Association of Broadcasters, Inc.
GiveWell Community Foundation
Holmes Foundation
James (Jay) W. and Betty Sue Newman, Jr.
James Levi
Jerome and Mildred Paddock Foundation
John and Kelly Hartman
John S. Olson, Sr.
Julia Woodward
K.W. Grader Foundation
KLM Holdings & Development
Knight Foundation
Marie Miller – The Miller Family Charitable Lead Unitrust
Marjorie Lundquist
Martin-Vegue Family Trust & Cecil Hartsfield, Trustee
Mary Hyatt McCaughan
Mary Jane Martin-Vegue and Cecil Hartsfield
Michelle Speicher
New York Times Foundation
Pearl Tyner Estate
Pilot Scholarship House Foundation
Publix Supermarkets Charities
Robert P. Hurrle Trust
Rosalind and Jack Williams
Russell and Lynelle K. Freeman


Sara Lavinia de Keni
T. Buckingham Bird
Terry E. and Georgann Lewis
Thomas M. & Irene B. Kirbo Charitable Trust
Virginia C. and Pete Snively
W. Guy McKenzie and Sarah P. Pat
W.S. Badcock Corporation
William B. and Nancy Malthouse
William G. Selby and Marie Selby Foundation
William J. and Tina Rosenberg Foundation
Zenon C.R. Hansen Foundation

Dr. Mode L. Stone Scholarship Circle

With gifts of $3,000 or more each year, supporters enter the circle of committed donors helping to continue the vision of SSF’s founder to support highly capable students who strive for great achievements.

Alfred I. duPont Foundation
Archibald Foundation
Batchelor Foundation
Blache S. Buck Charitable Foundation
Charles & Persis Rockwood
Chatlos Foundation
Claudia and Richard Ward
Coloney Bell Engineering
Dean M. and Tammy Y. Piacente
Dorothy B. Crooker Steves Charitable Trust
Dugas Family Foundation
Eda & Cliff Viner Community Scholars Foundation
Ellen H. LeDuc
Gayla Parks
Hans and Cay Jacobsen Foundation, Inc.
Holmes Foundation
James and Penny Neil
Jeffrey Aguilar and Vincent Pawlowski
Jeffrey L. and Serena Ayscue

Jeffrey L. and Serena Ayscue
Jerome & Mildred Paddock Foundation
Keng F. and Iris Tham
Lannie (Tommy) and Shirley Thompson
Linda R. Eshelman
Lynn G. Johnson
Marjorie Turnbull
Monroe County Education Foundation
Paula A. and Melissa K. McLeod
Pilot Scholarship House Foundation
R. Scott Vedder
Rembert Family Foundation
T. Larry and Diane Hill
Terry E. and Georgann Lewis
W.S. Badcock Corporation
Wayne & Betty Edwards
Wells Fargo Foundation
William G. Selby and Marie Selby Foundation
William J. and Tina Rosenburg Foundation
Yim C. Loo

1955 Circle

Donors who make gifts between $500 and $2,999 per year are the foundation of the Foundation. Members of the 1955 Circle extend SSF’s impact to enhance the future generations that officially began in Tallahassee in 1955.

Abbey Leigh Fretz
ADK (M.L. Pope Charitable Remainder Unitrust)
Alix Alexis
Andrea S. and Jack F. Plagge
Anne F. Harris
Annette Wilson
Anthony Murray
Ashlee Michelle Jordan
Ashley L. Wright
Becky Hunt
Bonnie and Bruce G. Greenwood
Bradfordville Kiwanis Club
Brady Squires
Brent A. Daniels
C&A Landscape
Charles LeDuc
Charlotte and Mark Edenfield
Christian Tuskes
Claire Farmer
Daniel and Elizabeth Parker
Deborah J. Taylor
Dhyana Ziegler
Dianne S. and Robert Wells
Donald Kent Parks
Donald M. and Lucie H. Miller
Doreen Oyadomari
Edward Soto, Esq. and Sandra MacFarlane
Eleanor S. Trone and John King
Elizabeth Ashley Williams
Esther K. Adams and Edmund Becker
Fanchon Funk

Gale Thompson
Granville Cassell Houchins, III
Gretna Presbyterian Church Scholarship Fund
James A. and Kimberly Bowlin
Jargo and Eunice Clark
Jazmin and Tyler Caton
Jerry R. Loll
Jim and Sandra Wylie, Jr.
Jim Davis
Jim McClellan
John A. Kinsey, Jr. and Marti Moore
John and Ginny Dailey
John Bussel
John M. and Linda U. Jenkins
Judith West
Karen Colimon
Karen Emerson
Kathy and John Lessl
Kelly B. Mathis
Kelly D. and Dave Sleeper
Kevin M. Clark
Kristie and Jeff Teal
Levy Parajon
Linda M. Pek
Lisa K. and Thomas J. Miller
Lisa Michelle Chauveron
Lois and Robert J. Griffin
Margaret M. Nadworny
Martine Bilodeau
Mark and Judith Mader
Mary Bedford
Mary J. Woodworth

Matthew Hoza
Nick Appelo
Pamela B. and Robert Davis
Pamela Hamilton Lester
Patricia Duggins and Keith Sigmon
Patricia W. Robertson
Paul James Taylor
Paul Lundsey Wyman
Paula DeBoles-Johnson
Philip E. Potter
Randy and Martha Guemple
Rhoda Glasco Foderingham
Ron H. and Bonnie Heginbotham
Roylynn McClellan
Ryan and Becky Tucker
S. Alan Ruby
Sally and Mark Williamson
Sandra Schmidt
Shawn J. and Chero Woodin
Sheila K. Dickison
Shepard Broad Foundation
Shirley Lima
Tara Mosby
Teresa and Fred Turner
Terrence E. McDonald and Joan Hutchinson-McDonald
Theresa Billow-Supple
Timothy Thomas and Yamileth Maria McWilliams
Tolulope Atanda
William Henry and Cecilia (Clements) Maher
William W. and Ginger Leach

Young Philanthropist Society

SSF’s Young Philanthropist Society is for current residents and alumni under the age of 30 who invest $1 to $40 a month as a way to continue their #SSFLegacy.

Alexander McDonald (Stone 2015-2019)
Alexandra Brockner (Lundquist 2012-2016)
Alli Mowry (BPW 2012-2016)
Anthony Kwabena Osei (Frueauff 2011-2014)
Brianna Wright (FSU-Pilot 2013-2016)
Brittany Hope (FSU-Pilot 2015-2018)
Charles Ford III (Smith-Tyner 2014-2018)
Chloe Harden (Polk 2017-2019)
Cody L. Jarrett (Hartman-Kiwanis 2007, Hawksley II 2008-2011)
Connor Christian (EC Allen 2014-2018)
Daniel S. Parker (Hawksely II 2006)
Daniel Sebastian Tello Trillo (E.C.Allen 2006-2009)
David A. Yakobovitch (Hartman-Kiwanis 2010-2012)
Emma Stepno (Badcock 2017-2020)
Geranise Dorce (Lastinger 2016-2018)
Grace Castro (Hawksley I 2014-2017)
J Rillan Dasalla (Stone 2014-2020)
Joanna Oliva (McKaig-Malthouse 2013-2016)
Joseph Briggs (Hawksley II and Hartman-Kiwanis 2013-2017)

Julian Soto (Rotary 2011-2015)
Julie Gomez
(ADK 2011-2015)
Kadian Jasmin
(Malthouse 2020-2021)
Kathryn Aguiar
(Polk 2010-2014)
Kayla Moore (Tyner 2015-2017)
Mary Meade (Grace Fox 2014-2018)
Mario Ariel Amaro (Rogers-Rotary 2005-2007)
Maxwell Baroody (Smith-Tyner 2015-2021)
Melissa “Missy” Castillo (BPW 2013-2016)
Michelle Le (Lastinger 2016-2019)
Nathalie Bazelais Ayers (McKaig-Malthouse 2012-2016)
Phillip Mendez (Dr. Mode L. Stone 2014-2017)
Rachel Coulanges (Gresham-Kite Pilot 2014-2017)
Rashid Elsamra (E.C.Allen & Stone 2013-2017)
Robert “Cody” Epperson (Rotary 2008-2010)
Simone Buchanan (Lastinger 2010-2012)
Tayla Covington (McKaig and FL Retail 2014-2017)
Troy Townsend (Knight 2015-2018)
William Ballentine (Smith-Tyner 2012-2015)


SSF Partners

Our organization partners with foundations, businesses, civic clubs, and other nonprofits across the country on a variety of projects to ensure diversity in our program and create growth opportunities for our students. They continue to go above and beyond for SSF residents by hosting pantry stuffing parties, organizing work days to help with house projects, and conducting fundraisers within their own clubs to support SSF. SSF could not be successful without them.

If you are interested in learning more about becoming an SSF partner please download our SSF Partnership Program flyer or contact President/CEO Dr. Shawn Woodin at 850.222.3833 or swoodin@southernscholarship.org.

Alpha Delta Kappa

Association of Retired Faculty – FSU

Badcock Corporation

The Best & The Brightest

Business and Professional Women

College Reach Out Program – CROP

Delta Kappa Gamma

Eda & Cliff Viner Community Scholars Foundation

FastSigns – Tallahassee

Flagler College -Tallahassee

Florida A&M University

Florida District of Pilot International

Florida Gulf Coast University

Florida State University


Florida District of Kiwanis International

Leadership Tallahassee

Monroe County Education Foundation

Pilot Scholarship House Foundation

Rotary Club of Tallahassee

Santa Fe College

Sustainable Tallahassee

Take Stock in Children

Tallahassee Community College

Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation

United Way of the Big Bend

University of Florida

Upward Bound

Youth Leadership Tallahassee