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Southern Scholarship Foundation proudly serves students attending four major universities in Florida: Flagler College - TallahasseeFlorida A&M University, Florida Gulf Coast University, Florida State University, and University of Florida. We also serve students attending Tallahassee Community College and Santa Fe College.

 

SSF Life

Campuses — We have 27 scholarship houses spread out across Florida in Tallahassee, Gainesville, and Fort Myers. Currently, we have 17 houses in Tallahassee (7 male & 10 female), 9 houses in Gainesville (3 male & 5 female), and 1 house in Fort Myers (female only). The House Manager of each scholarship house is responsible for room assignments. Returning residents will choose or be placed in their rooms based on the seniority rule set in the house. New residents will either be assigned to open rooms or may choose an open room depending on the house's rules.

Share a Room/Bathroom — Every resident in an undergraduate house shares a room and bathroom. Residents in our graduate/medical houses have the benefit of a private room and share a bathroom with one other resident. A standard twin bed, desk, shelf, chair, dresser, and a closet with a shelf will be supplied for every resident. Each shower has a shower liner, but residents are responsible for their own personal bathroom items. Residents may decorate (but not paint) their rooms with posters and pictures. Residents will need to supply any personal and bathroom items, decorations, hygiene items, linens, and towels.

Convenience Items — Residents may want to bring some of the following – bike, stereo, speakers, portable fan, study lamp, computer/laptop, TV (cable is not available in bedrooms), or DVD player. Residents should bring food for the first week until the Business Managers have a budget established to purchase food for the house. All personal items should be labeled accordingly. Please be mindful of the limited space (i.e. size of room and refrigerator space).

Room Assignments — The House Manager of each scholarship house is responsible for room assignments. Returning residents will choose or be placed in their rooms based on the seniority rule set in the house. New residents will either be assigned to open rooms or may choose an open room depending on the house's rules.

Who Is In Charge? Officers are elected by the residents of each house. The House Manager (not an elected position) leads the house and is responsible for the day-to-day operations. The House Manager has weekly meetings with the Director of Student Affairs to discuss how the house is running; including budget, meals, residents, etc.

How Much Does It Cost? The Food & Services Bill averages $950 per semester. This amount covers food, utilities, water, laundry facilities, cable, local phone service, pest control, fire monitoring, garbage pick-up, internet, social activities, and any expense the house deems necessary. The house bill is determined at the beginning of the semester based on the number of residents in the house and the expense history of that specific house. The house bill may also be impacted by the current economy. Upon check-in, prior to moving in and prior to the resident receiving house keys, full payment of the semester house bill is expected.

Work Jobs/Cook and Clean Crew — In undergraduate houses, every resident is assigned a work job (chore) to be completed twice a week. In addition, every resident will be assigned to a cook or clean crew one evening meal per week. The graduate/medical houses run a bit differently due to residents’ demanding schedules. Each resident typically prepares his/her own meals with food bought for the house. Work jobs must still be completed, but they are easily adapted to individual schedules.

What Are The Amenities?  Every house has a fully furnished living room, dining room, kitchen, bedrooms, and most have a study room. Each house also has a TV, local phone, washer and dryer (leave your quarters in the bank!), microwave, oven, and multiple refrigerators. At the North Florida campus (Tallahassee) there is also a stand-alone study hall. It is equipped with couches, study areas, and wireless internet. Residents have access to the study hall 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

How do the houses run? — Review our Resident Handbook & Student Code of Conduct (updated each semester) here.

Parking — Residents must register their car with the SSF office within the first week of the semester. The decal is valid for an academic year and there is ample parking.

Fun Foundation Events — Houses plan numerous events and the SSF Ambassadors and Foundation staff will plan several larger events throughout the year, such as: 

  • Alumni Homecoming Events
  • Thanksgiving Dinner
  • End of the Semester Potluck
  • Board Member Dinners
  • Ice Cream Socials
  • Orientation

Service Opportunities:

  • Blood drives
  • Tutoring
  • Fundraisers for Community Causes
  • Volunteering at Community Events
  • Tabling at College/Scholarship Fairs

 

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