For over sixty years, Southern Scholarship Foundation (SSF) has helped thousands of students with outstanding academic abilities, good character and financial need realize their dream of a college education. Qualified students attending Florida A&M University, Florida Gulf Coast University, Florida State University, Santa Fe College, Tallahassee Community College, and University of Florida are awarded scholarships in the form of rent-free housing to live in one of twenty-seven, furnished scholarship houses that are adjacent to their college campus. SSF operates as a 501(c)(3) and is a privately funded non-profit business.
Each scholarship house is home to 9 to 31 students representing a variety of backgrounds and cultures. Living in this home-like environment, the recipients share the duties and responsibilities necessary to maintain a household. Each house is assigned a House Manager who is responsible to the Foundation for the effective operation of the house through its elected officers and members. Each house works together to establish their semester budget, plan and shop for their menus, cook, clean and study together, gaining valuable life skills and fostering lifelong friendships. Our graduate/medical houses operate a bit differently due to residents’ demanding programs.
Please see the section Living at SSF for more information about community living and the House Histories section to find out more about our 27 scholarship houses. Most of the students also work part time jobs on or near campus while maintaining their high academic requirements.
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