• Home
  • Opinion
  • Lifestyle
  • Weather
  • Nature Calendar
  • Letters to the Editor
  • Florida Tales
  • You And The Law
  • Contact Us
  • Classifieds
  • Recent Opinion Content

     • I wish I would have hugged my Dad who taught me so many lessons about life
     • March in Washington helps revive spirits of marchers, sets up challenge for the future
     • Drug addicts fight, sometimes lose, but agency keeps offering hope to community
     • Drug addicts get
     • Southern Scholarship Foundation offers welcome for honors students
     • Real story: Time heals old split over FSU game, wish to return, as Spurrier comes home to cheers
     • Encounter with a manatee on kayak trip down the Wakulla River
     • Gay marriage decision is intriguing as we look at the opinions of Supreme Court justices
     • There are just no guarantees in a presidential election
     • Governor doesn’t know how to govern, should resign and go back to private business
     • A night to remember as UF champion gymnastics team salutes cancer patients with “magic medicine”
     • Loss of limb no barrier for people in new support group in town
     • Mom refuses to send kids to school program to honor city’s cops - the family suffered enough
     • Early Christmas miracle came at cash register as customer struggled to pay for her groceries
     • Porsche made me feel like a million dollars

    Recent TTN News Content

     • The down and out: tales of people trapped in a storm that wrought havoc in Florida - The down-and-out victims of Hurricane Irma come from various walks of life, and many of them are in Florida's prison system. This is their story....
     • Hurricane is coming, batten down the hatches - Preparations are essential as storm approaches the Tallahassee area ...
     • Out for repair - Off for repairs ...
     • UF will not allow white supremacist to speak on campus - The University of Florida has said that the likelihood of violence has caused it to take action to oppose permission for a white academic nationalist to speak on campus. ...
     • OL Samuels dies; creative folk artist won state, national acclaim, family asks for help for expenses - O.L. Samuels, 85, was a boxer, bounty hunter, singer, arborist, minister and acclaimed folk artist whose unique carvings were recognized by the public, art collectors and museums including the Smithsonian. ...
     • A free life is a miracle for Calvin Thomas after he serves 57 years of a death sentence - It is no small miracle that Thomas is alive. His death warrant was signed in the 1960's. He was moved to "The Ready Room" next to the electric chair as preparations were made for his execution. The courts granted a stay of execution hours before he was scheduled to be put to death. Now, he will enjoy a new life, out of prison. ...
     • Aaron Hernandez left a message of eternal life as he willfully took his own life in prison - Aaron Hernandez was a gifted athlete who led a troubled life. But his suicide caught friends and family by surprise, a week after an quital in court on another case. ...
     • Frosty the Snowman provided a chilly break from Florida’s warmer winter weather - Visiting up North was an experience that a Floridian could enjoy, but coming home to warmer weather makes one appreciate Florida. ...
     • Women prisoners count their blessings on a tearful Thanksgiving at Lowell Prison - Visits on Thanksgiving were all too short at Lowell Prison where children were asking "Why can't I stay with Mommy?" Columnist Jack Strickland visits at Lowell and writes a riveting story about the emotions of the day as families got together all too briefly. He came away with both a feeling of sadness and of joy. ...
     • “Souls to the Polls” march re-enacts history to inspire students at FAMU to vote in the election - FAMU students recreated history on Sunday with a march to the polls to demonstrate the importance of voting and to inspire students to vote in the national election. ...
     • Florida women’s prison is nightmare as prisoners endure humiliation, poor medical care, rip-offs - Florida's major prison for women is an endless nightmare for those who have to endure the permanent psychological scarring that results from little privacy, no meaningful rehabilitation, general neglect of medical care by the prisons, and the rip-off of high prices for phone calls and items supplied by private contractors. ...
     • Question is whether Adelson family was involved in Markel murder, and motives of the suspects - Questions remain unanswered about release of evidence and possible motives for murder - were suspects trying to extort money from Adelsons? ...
     • Small explosion causes chaos at Florida A&M University - An explosion at the FAMU campus Thursday was actually a dishwasher catching fire. However it did cause a scare among faculty, staff and students at the Presidential Dining Hall. ...
     • In a surprise appearance, Shaq has a ball inspiring neighborhood kids to dream big - A surprise visit by the former star basketball player to Gainesville and the police department brought out good feelings all around as kids got to play with superstar. ...
     • ‘Cash register justice’ for the poor means no justice for many in Florida courts - Prosecutors now seek to extract fees from indigent defendents to help pay office costs, causing possible miscarriage of justice, says national justice center. ...

    CNN National Headlines
    » Vegas victim who was shot in the head takes first steps
    » Advice from police chiefs who dealt with mass shootings
    » Las Vegas survivor facing life with bullet fragments in her brain
    » Woman at Las Vegas shooting loses California home to wildfires
    » Las Vegas police again change timeline of mass shooting
    » Firefighters make progress as Californians return to charred homes
    » Puerto Ricans drink water from Superfund site
    » Police arrest 5 in 'torturous' 1983 slaying
    » Girl dies after falling into ice cream store's grease pit
    » Negotiations continue over insurance payments on Capitol Hill
    NPR National Headlines
    » Tom Marino, Trump's Pick As Drug Czar, Withdraws After Damaging Opioid Report
    » Anthony Bourdain Urges Americans To 'Value The Things We Eat'
    » How The NRA Uses Its Political Clout: An Early Lesson In Oklahoma
    » If You Want An IUD, Take Note Of Trump's New Birth Control Policy
    » Denver Failed To Land Boeing. Now It's Using Lifestyle To Woo Amazon
    » In Speech, Sen. McCain Decries 'Half-Baked, Spurious Nationalism'
    » Lighter Winds Aid Firefighters Working To Contain California Blazes
    » Callista Gingrich Confirmed As Ambassador To The Vatican
    » Texas Trucker Pleads Guilty To Smuggling Of Undocumented Immigrants Leading To Deaths
    » Rick Pitino Fired As Louisville Basketball Coach Amid Massive Bribery Probe
    CNN World Headlines

    Opinion... Troy Townsend

    Southern Scholarship Foundation offers welcome for honors students

    --- Advertisement ---
    November 15, 2016

    By Troy Townsend

    College students who display great academic merit and good moral character, but do not have that jingle in their pocket have hope with the Southern Scholarship Foundation.

    The Southern Scholarship Foundation, better known as SSF, has been an integral part of student’s lives since its inception in 1955. Students living in the foundation benefit from rent free housing, community living, and opportunities to meet influential community leaders.

    SSF operates 27 houses across Florida, with houses on the campuses of Florida A&M University, Florida State University, University of Florida, and Florida Gulf Coast University, while also providing housing for students at Tallahassee Community College, and Santa Fe College. Currently, over 450 students are living in SSF housing, and over 8,000 students have been residents.

    Each house comes equipped with a fully furnished living room, kitchen with appliances, a laundry room, study room, and dining room.

    The foundation’s motto, “Education for Life,” extends beyond the houses, but into the personal lives of the residents.

    “Never would I imagine being able to grow interpersonally to become the best leader that I can be,” said Tayla Stewart, a senior Business Management major with a minor in Religion, African American Studies, and Hospitality at Florida State University, from Tampa, Florida.

    “Without SSF, I would not have the convenience of going to school like I do now,” said Jonathan Martin-Gilliam, a senior English Education student attending Florida A&M University from Tallahassee.

    To qualify for the scholarship, a student must have at least a 3.0 GPA, display financial need, be accepted into one of the campuses, and have good character. Each house is managed by a House Manager, who acts as a liaison between the Foundation and the house, while enforcing and abiding by rules pertinent to the house’s success.

    The other officer positions in the house, the president, vice president, treasurer, secretary, and business managers, assist in keeping each house functioning.

    The idea for the foundation was spawned by Dr. Mode L. Stone, a native of Blountstown, Florida who was a professor in the College of Education at Florida State University. He wanted to provide inexpensive living accommodations for accomplished students who did not have the adequate funds for room and board.

    He originally rented out barracks to provide housing for two Florida State students. This act of kindness caught the attention of many, as word got out about Stone’s ideas and motives.

    He gathered with professors Sam T. Lastinger, Marion Hay, Hazen Curtis, former Dean of Education Ralph Eyman, and Attorney J. Velma Keen to further improve the concept. Thus, on April 13, 1955, the Southern Scholarship Foundation was officially incorporated as a non-profit organization.

    Troy Townsend, a student at the School of Journalism & Graphic Communication, is an adviser for the students housed by the Foundation at FAMU.