Southern Scholarship Foundation Award

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Application Deadline

November 1

Awarded By:

Southern Scholarship Foundation, Inc.

Number of Awards & Eligibility: varies
In order to qualify, students must meet the following criteria:
  1. This award is for international and U.S. students.
  2. Must plan to attend one of the following Florida institutions: Florida State University, Florida A&M University, University of Florida or Florida Gulf Coast University.
  3. Must have a high school grade point average of 3.0 or higher OR have a college or university grade point average of 2.85 or higher.
  4. Must be a high school senior or older to apply for this undergraduate or graduate award.

In order to qualify, students must meet the following criteria:

Description: International and U.S. high school seniors or older students who have been accepted to Florida State University, University of Florida, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, or Florida Gulf Coast University are eligible to apply for this award. Students must have high school grade point average of 3.0 or higher or a college or university grade point average of 2.85 or higher.

Application requirements for the Southern Scholarship Foundation Award are:

  • Application form
  • Official Transcript
  • FAFSA recommended by 4/01/2020
  • Recommendation letter (3)
  • Essay
  • College acceptance letter
  • Photo (headshot)
Additional Information: The Southern Scholarship Foundation (SSF) is a self-help program that provides rent-free housing for college students. By offering rent-free housing, students have the opportunity to gain experiences that will enable them to become successful in their personal lives as well as in their careers. Cash scholarships are not provided. Upon admission to the program, students are responsible for maintaining the daily operation of the scholarship houses. Male and female students live in and maintain their individual houses; no co-ed housing is available. Each house has an established house constitution and elected officers. The students prepare and follow their own budget, cook together, clean together, and form bonds with their housemates that will last a lifetime. Sharing responsibilities affords numerous opportunities for students to develop leadership and business skills and acquire a basic education in practical living. Each student must be highly motivated and be willing to share household duties and responsibilities in a cooperative spirit. Applicants are strongly encouraged to arrange a personal interview with the Foundation's staff in Tallahassee or Gainesville.

Award Amount: Students will receive free rent for housing valued at $5,000 annually. No cash awards will be given. This award is renewable for up to three years as long as the student continues to demonstrate financial need, maintains a 2.85 grade point average, and lives cooperatively within the house.  The total dollars awarded for this scholarship is $20,000.

Deadline Information:

Deadline for this scholarship is Monday, November 1, 2021

Deadline Information:

Deadline for this scholarship is Monday, November 1, 2021

Applications are available online from the Southern Scholarship Foundation website. In addition to the completed online application, each student must submit a photograph (smaller than wallet size); a copy of his/her acceptance letter or a current transcript (if the applicant is already attending a university); a list of his/her honors and/or activities (resumes are accepted); transcripts from all high schools and colleges attended; three letters of recommendation addressed to President, Southern Scholarship Foundation; and an essay of 500 to 750 words in length. Students must file the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) by the deadline date. The FAFSA is available online at, at high school guidance offices, and at college financial aid offices. Each student is required to send pages one through seven of his/her 'Student Aid Report' to the Southern Scholarship Foundation. Although international students are not eligible for federal financial aid, they must still demonstrate financial need through documentation including pay stubs and/or income tax information. Please note: If the applicant is interested in applying for the fall semester, it is strongly encouraged to submit the completed application online by April 1. Spring semester applications should be submitted by November 1. The Southern Scholarship Foundation will continue to accept completed applications through the year, as funding permits. However, the earlier the application is submitted, the greater the chances are of receiving a scholarship.
Contact: Ms. Cindy Michelson
Address: Administrative Office, Southern Scholarship Foundation 322 Stadium Drive Tallahassee, Florida 32304-3450

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