Southern Scholarship Foundation 2021: How to Apply for Southern Scholarship

Good News for you as new Scholarship is Open for Application, Apply for Southern  Scholarship Foundation. In this post will take you down to how to apply for the Scholarship.

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Description: The 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.

Every 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)

Keep reading to get detailed Application requirements below.

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: Every qualified 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.

Southern Scholarship Foundation application

Through rent-free housing and cooperative living, Southern Scholarship Foundation supports students who lack financial resources, demonstrate excellent academic merit, and exemplify good character attend institutions of higher education.

Program Description:

For over sixty years, the Southern Scholarship Foundation has helped thousands of students with outstanding academic abilities, good character and financial need realize their dream of a college education.

Qualified students attending Flagler @ TCC, Florida A&M University, Florida Gulf Coast University, Florida State University, Santa Fe College,  Tallahassee Community College and the University of Florida are awarded scholarships in the form of rent-free housing.

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)
  • The deadline for Spring consideration is November 1st.
  • The deadline for Fall consideration is April 1st.
  • About Recommendation Letters: Letters from friends or family members will not be accepted.
  • Only one letter of recommendation is required.

How to Apply for Southern Scholarship Foundation.

For New Users:

By clicking Sign Up, you will be prompted to enter your email address and create a password. Once you have chosen your password, your account will be created and you will gain access to the portal.

For Returning Users:

Sign into the portal using the email address and the password you created when you originally signed up for the portal. If you have forgotten your password, click “Forgot your password?” and follow the prompts to reset your password.

Other Southern Scholarship Foundation requirements

Financial Need

Financial Need is determined by the Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) number on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). An EFC above 07500 requires an extenuating circumstance.

3.0 GPA

A minimum 3.0 unweighted state GPA or 675 GED score is reqired to be considered. Any applications submitted with a GPA below 3.0 or 675 will not be considered.

Excellent Character

Character is provided by the letters of recommendation submitted with the application. We look for young adults who are involved in the community, have worked, and still maintain a high GPA.

University Acceptance

Applicants must be accepted to one of our seven university partners. Florida Gulf Coast University, University of Florida, Santa Fe College, Tallahassee Community College, Florida A&M University, Florida State University, or Flagler College – Tallahassee

Southern Scholarship Foundation deadline

Southern Scholarship Foundation has hard application deadlines of November 1st (for the Spring Semester) and April 1st (for the Fall Semester). Applications submitted after these deadlines will not be considered for acceptance.

FAQ and Southern Scholarship Foundation


When is the application due?

Southern Scholarship Foundation has hard application deadlines of November 1st (for the Spring Semester) and April 1st (for the Fall Semester). Applications submitted after these deadlines will not be considered for acceptance.

Is there an age limit to apply?

All applicants, including those re-applying, need to be 25 years or younger on or before their first day of school of the semester they are applying.

How does SSF accommodate non-binary/transgender individuals?

Non-binary/transgender individuals are encouraged to speak with the Director of Student Affairs to discuss what housing option will best fit their needs.

Can international students apply to Southern Scholarship Foundation?

Yes. SSF accepts all students that meet the eligibility requirements. International students who do not have an EFC number must use the link provided in the application to calculate it.

If I would like to be considered for multiple campuses, what should I do?

Applicants who are interested in being considered for more than one campus will need to denote this information on the application. There is a section that asks for your top choice and other campuses you would like to be considered for.

I have been placed on the waiting list. How likely am I to get a spot and when will I find out?

Throughout the semesters, vacancies tend to arise at SSF. If and when this occurs, the Director of Student Affairs will carefully consider all wait listed students for any vacancies. SSF cannot guarantee that a spot will open. It is advisable for all wait listed students to continually check their email for updates.

All applicants are encouraged to secure on-campus housing. SSF has a partnership with most housing departments. If selected for a scholarship, most housing departments will release you of your dorm contract with proof of acceptance into SSF. However, SSF cannot release you from an apartment lease or sublease.

Do I have to re-apply each year?

Current Residents: All current residents are instructed to complete a Scholarship Renewal Application at the end of each spring semester.

As long as the resident is not on Academic or Conduct Probation, completes the application on-time & correctly, and has maintained the basic scholarship requirements (3.0 cumulative GPA, EFC below 7500, and cooperative living within the house), the resident’s scholarship is renewable for the following year.

Re-applying Applicants must re-apply to be considered for the next semester. You will be notified via email when your application has been moved back to drafts. Once it is in drafts, you will again have the access to edit and submit your application.

Do I have to complete an application if I am a former resident re-applying to SSF?

Yes, however, residents who leave SSF and want to re-apply must contact the Director of Student Affairs for their respective campus before starting an application.

If a resident was dismissed after being placed on Academic Probation, their cumulative GPA must be a 3.0 before consideration. Any resident that has been dismissed due to Conduct Probation will not be accepted back.

For FAMU Residents – Does living on the SSF FAMU campus qualify as on-campus housing?

Yes, it does, and satisfies the first year requirement for students.

How do I submit my letter of recommendation?

Once you create a profile within the application, you will be able to add a recommender who will be sent an email with the link to submit the letter of recommendation.

You will be notified via email once we have received the letter of recommendation. Only after we receive the letter will you be able to submit your application.

Who do I email with questions or concerns?


How much do I have to pay to live in the scholarship houses?

Upon acceptance to SSF, each student must pay a $300 reservation fee. The reservation fee is a one-time fee, paid directly to SSF, of which $150 is refundable when a student leaves SSF (in good standing).

To live at SSF, residents pay a Food & Service Bill that averages $1,000 statewide and is paid directly to their assigned house.

Each house has its own checking account to cover the household expenses of food, utilities, cable, laundry, parking, wireless internet, fire monitoring, and maintenance.

What if I do not have the $275 of the Food & Service Bill on move in day?

According to the Scholarship board each student must pay at least $275 to receive keys and move into the house. If you do not have $275 upon move-in you will need to contact the Director of Student Affairs as you may not be able to move in without it.

How do I pay my Food & Service Bill?

Each resident must pay their Food & Service Bill directly to their scholarship house using check, money order or Venmo. Details are provided to residents after scholarship acceptance.

Number of Awards & Eligibility: varies

In order to qualify, students must meet the above mentioned requirements.

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