Grace Hudgins is the Development Associate for the Southern Scholarship Foundation. As an alumna of the program, her passion runs deeply for the organization and its stakeholders. Her past experiences as a resident, SSF leader, and the Student Affairs Coordinator motivate her to give back to the organization as much as she can through connecting with all of SSF’s stakeholders. Through careful strategic planning, creativity and open communication, Grace strives to reach new goals for the foundation’s Young Philanthropist Society, and other development activities, all while supporting the organization through its greatness.

Grace is a University of Florida graduate with a Master’s certificate in Global Strategic Communication, and a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism. While in college, Grace’s professional experience included working for publishing houses, news stations and newspapers, but her heart was always in philanthropy and nonprofit work. Therefore, she focused on obtaining experience and leadership roles in the one nonprofit she knew best—SSF. She served both as an SSF Ambassador and House Manager while in the program, and eventually a part-time employee. SSF was more than a home to her, but an experience of a lifetime where she made lasting relationships with mentors and friends who became like family.

When she’s not working hard in the office with the #DreamTeam, Grace enjoys yoga, shopping and being in the sunshine. Volunteering with kids in the education and literacy sector is a hobby she plans to pursue throughout her life, as well as drinking too much Starbucks coffee and re-reading the Harry Potter series for the umpteenth time.

Originally from Volusia County, Grace loves the beach. However, she is not sad to leave the coast for Tallahassee and work for an organization that strives to help young adults pursuue their deepest endeavors (even if it is in "unfamiliar" territory... #GoGators!). Connect with her on social media or give her a call; she wants to hear from you!

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