Tallahassee, FL – Each semester, students storm college towns with shoeboxes, footlockers, and parents reeling from empty nests and exhausted bank accounts. For students with scholarships, the financial pressure is less oppressive. Still, the cost of housing is formidable with one exception.
For more than sixty years the Southern Scholarship Foundation (SSF) has helped deserving young people who lack financial resources, but demonstrate excellent academic merit and good character, attend institutions of higher education. SSF helps by offering rent-free housing, which saves students and their families approximately $12,000 per year in living expenses, covering costs for what they would pay in rent, utilities, cable and internet.
In the 2016–2017 academic year, SSF will serve 470 students through its twenty-seven scholarship houses at six college campuses across the state: FSU, FAMU, TCC, UF, SFC, and FGCU. With the 470 students served, SSF altogether saves students and their families $5.7 million each year. Starting fall 2017, SSF will accept applications from the Flagler College satellite campus in Tallahassee.
In 2015, there were 433 students enrolled at Flagler College in Tallahassee (FCT), which is an additional 433 people who meet the university acceptance requirement to join SSF. FCT offers Bachelor’s degrees in accounting, elementary education, business administration, and strategic communication. Due to their partnership with Tallahassee Community College, FCT offers its students the ability to receive a quality degree with affordable tuition cost from a private institution.
Dean Donald Parks, Ed.D. said, “Our programs are designed for the working adult. Each of our five majors are in high demand in the Tallahassee job market.”
Because most FCT students are TCC graduates who want to complete a Bachelor’s degree in Tallahassee, and SSF already accepts TCC students, the partnership seems natural. SSF President/CEO Dr. Shawn Woodin explained “the need is there, and we look forward to helping the good students who will benefit from SSF, FCT, and our new partnership.”
For more information about Southern Scholarship Foundation and ways to support this program, please visit www.southernscholarship.org. For more information about Flagler College – Tallahassee, please visit www.flaglertallahassee.com.