Southern Scholarship Foundation, Inc.
322 Stadium Dr
Tallahassee FL 32304-3450
Contact Information
Address 322 Stadium Dr
Tallahassee, FL 32304
Telephone (850) 222-3833
Fax 850 222-6750
Alternate Address 1065-B SW 9th Street
Gainesville, FL 32601
At A Glance
Former Names
Southern Scholarship and Research Foundation
Organization's type of tax exempt status Public Supported Charity
EIN Number 59-0939481
Year of Incorporation 1952
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $1,276,411.00
Projected Expenses $1,276,411.00
Mission Statement
The mission of the Southern Scholarship Foundation is to help deserving young people who lack financial resources, but demonstrate excellent academic merit and good character, attend institutions of higher education.
Needs Statement
Southern Scholarship Foundation takes pride in maintaining the condition of its scholarship houses. Therefore, it has carefully laid out a Five Year Capital Improvement Plan in order to prioritize projects for its 17 houses in Tallahassee. The most pressing projects are the complete renovation of four of the older houses:
1) McKaig/Malthouse House - $60,000 (Total Renovation);
2) MET Pilot House - $20,000 (Kitchen Renovation);
3) Hartman-Kiwanis House - $19,000 (Bathroom Renovation); 
4) HVAC Replacement (4 Houses) - $22,000.
Impact Statement
Southern Scholarship Foundation's top accomplishments are:
1) The organization increased contributed support for the sixth consecutive year;
2) The organization received over $150,000 in new annual pledges;
3) Alumni giving increased by 30%;
4) According to our spring student survey, 72.5% of our graduating seniors left SSF with less than $10,000 in financial aid debt;
5) Celebrated 60 Years of its Education for Life Philosophy, raising $185,000 in new money (247% of original fundraising goal).
Background Statement

Southern Scholarship Foundation’s mission has remained the same since its founding over 60 years ago—to help deserving young people, who lack financial resources, but demonstrate excellent academic merit and good character, attend institutions of higher education.  

Southern Scholarship Foundation (SSF) was founded by Dr. Mode Stone, who was Dean of the School of Education at Florida State University. Dr. Stone, several colleagues and Tallahassee business leaders joined forces in response to an on-going problem: only a small percentage of the top high school graduates were actually attending college due to lack of money. The unique solution proposed – and what still sets SSF apart today – was to provide rent-free housing for the students, allowing them to use their limited financial resources for tuition. By removing the burden of housing costs for motivated students, Dr. Stone put a college diploma within their reach. 

SSF was chartered in 1955, with its first house constructed near campus during the same year. SSF expanded and opened its first house in Gainesville in 1979, opened three houses at Florida A & M University in 1997, and opened one house in 2003 at Florida Gulf Coast University.

Today, SSF operates a total of 17 scholarship houses in Tallahassee (27 scholarship houses overall) on Florida State University and Florida A&M University campuses and provides rent-free housing to 291 students in Tallahassee (458 students across the state) who have maintained a 3.0 grade point average or higher and have a demonstrated financial need. Since college students in Florida typically pay more than $14,000 per year for rent, food, and living expenses, this program provides a significant savings to its students. Living in an SSF rent-free scholarship house, these students will only have to pay for food, utilities, cable and internet – usually about $950 per semester – thus saving them, and their families, approximately $12,100 annually or $48,400 over a typical four year college career.

Service Categories
Scholarships & Student Financial Aid
Areas of Service
Areas Served
In a specific U.S. city, cities, state(s) and/or region.
Southern Scholarship Foundation serves students in Tallahassee currently enrolled at Florida State University, Florida A&M University, and Tallahassee Community College. Most students are Florida residents but out of state and international students will be considered.
Description SSF offers rent-free housing scholarships to academically talented, low-income students. No cash scholarships are awarded. Qualifying students have a 3.00 GPA, demonstrate financial need, a strong work ethic and active community service involvement. Elected House Officers and a House Manager oversee the residents' weekly work-duties (shopping, cooking, cleaning), maintain rules against smoking, drinking, and drugs, and observe quiet hours and visitation rules. House Managers report weekly to the Director of Student Affairs. Typically a Florida student spends more than $14,000 for room and board. SSF students contribute approximately $950 per semester for food and utilities. SSF rent-free scholarships enable each student to save approximately $12,100 per year, or $48,400 during their four-year college career. SSF students earn a higher GPA than their peers, and learn life skills that set them apart. Our graduates are serving their communities across the country as teachers, doctors, lawyers, engineers, business leaders...even a former Governor.
Budget $1,227,005.00
Category Education, General/Other Education, General/Other
Population Served Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent, ,
Short Term Success Putting a college diploma within reach for over 400 academically meritorious and financially disadvantaged students, annually, by providing them with rent-free housing scholarships at one of four Florida universities.
Long term Success
The long-term objectives of the SSF rent-free scholarship house program are to ensure academic success for its students, and provide them with an Education for Life that will help them succeed in life. These students will not only be given the one-on-one and group support they need to succeed as students, they will also learn valuable skills from their community living environment. They will additionally be given access to numerous programs and resources aimed at helping them grow, both as students and community leaders.
These programs and resources include: study skills workshops, fiscal responsibility workshops, budgeting seminars, leadership training, and conflict resolution workshops. Furthermore, SSF students who want to hone their leadership skills and increase their access within their local communities are given the opportunity to enter the SSF Ambassador program. This program provides them with hands-on experience in community outreach, mentoring, and leadership.
Program Success Monitored By The intended outcome of this program is to ensure academic success for SSF residents. In order to reach its goal, SSF monitors grades throughout the year, and provides one-on-one counseling to students who are struggling to maintain a 3.0 GPA. SSF is also committed to providing an Education for Life, and therefore monitors the intangible benefits students receive from the program as well. Through community living, the students learn to become leaders, how to work as members of a team, and how to communicate effectively with individuals from a diverse background.
Examples of Program Success
Based on the Fall Student Survey, 45% of SSF residents are first-generation college students (first in their extended family to attend college) and 53% are financially self-supported. Most of the residents at SSF have also indicated that attending a Florida university would be impossible without the rent-free housing they receive from SSF.
Testimonial from one of the SSF residents:
My name is Stephanie Hoffman and my Southern Scholarship Foundation experience means more to me than my housemates will ever know. Growing up with abusive parents, I did not know what it meant to be a part of a loving family. Even when I was abandoned and was sent to live with my grandparents, I never felt like I was valuable to the people who were supposed to love and care for me.
Living in a scholarship house means something different for each of my fellow residents. For me, it is the only home I know and the only way I could achieve my dream of getting a college education. This semester, I will only have to pay $920 toward the house bill (which I can easily earn working my part-time job) while Southern Scholarship Foundation covers the cost of repairs, maintenance and insurance for our houses and provides staff members like Mrs. Turner, who are here to guide us through our college experiences.


SSF residents are provided with rent-free housing and live in a cooperative and diverse living environment, adding to their college experience.  Each house additionally elects officers and work together on work job (chore) schedules and cooking schedules and are required to eat together as a family four nights a week.

Southern Scholarship Foundation’s rent-free scholarship housing program is designed to not only ensure that bright students who have a serious financial need are able to attend Florida universities, but it is designed to provide these students with the support they need to succeed in school and intangible benefits to help them succeed in life. SSF is proud of its Education for Life philosophy and believes it is what sets SSF apart from other scholarship programs and truly helps break the cycle of poverty.

Budget $1,374,000.00
Category Education, General/Other Education, General/Other
Population Served Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent, At-Risk Populations, US& International
Short Term Success

Southern Scholarship Foundation targets the best and the brightest students in Florida who have a significant financial need and prides itself on the diversity of its students. While most of the 458 students residing in SSF scholarship houses are from Florida, it also serves as home to out-of-state and international students. This helps create the diverse community living environment that is unique to SSF’s rent-free housing scholarship program.

Special care is taken when making housing assignments to ensure each of the scholarship houses is as diverse as possible. This is a priority because learning to live in a diverse community is part of Southern Scholarship’s Education for Life. The current demographic makeup of the 458 SSF students is as follows: African American 28%, Asian 6%, Caucasian 40%, Hispanic 20% and Other 6%.

Recruitment of these students is handled by SSF’s two Directors of Student Affairs. They diligently work with high schools, community colleges, and universities, working with the guidance and admissions staff on identifying and recruiting eligible students
Long term Success

While residing in the SSF scholarship houses, the sponsored students will receive an Education for Life. These students will not only learn valuable skills from their community living environment but will additionally be given access to numerous programs and resources aimed at helping them grow both as students and as community leaders. These programs and resources include: study skills workshops, fiscal responsibility workshops, budgeting seminars, leadership training, and conflict resolution workshops. Furthermore, SSF students who want to hone their leadership skills and increase their access within their local communities are given the opportunity to enter the SSF Ambassador program. This program provides them with hands-on experience in community outreach, mentoring, and leadership.

Expected student outcomes are:


  • Each student receiving SSF scholarship housing achieves a minimum of a 3.0 GPA (B average)
  • SSF students who struggle to maintain a 3.0 GPA are offered additional assistance from SSF, to ensure they can maintain their scholarship benefit and complete college; one of SSF’s Student Affairs Coordinators will work one-on-one with students who need assistance bringing up their GPA   
  • SSF students who otherwise may not have been able to attend college are afforded an opportunity to complete a 4-year degree, and save approximately $24,400 in college expenses
  • Students maintain lasting friendships with the individuals they live with in  SSF housing; some students sustain these friendships over decades
  • SSF students appreciate the investment others have made in them; they participate in regular community service and continue to give back to their community once they leave college


Program Success Monitored By
Board of Directors
Directors of Student Affairs
Examples of Program Success

The intended outcomes of this program are to ensure academic success for SSF residents and additionally provide them with an Education for Life. In order to ensure academic success, SSF monitors grades throughout the year and provides one-on-one counseling and resources to students who are struggling to maintain a 3.0 grade point average. These resources include time management training and study skills training.

SSF is also committed to providing an Education for Life and therefore monitors the intangible benefits students receive from the program as well. The two SSF Directors of Student Affairs monitor the community living environment. Through community living, the students learn to become leaders, how to work as a member of a team, and how to communicate effectively with individuals from a diverse background.

Simply put, Southern Scholarship Foundation breaks the cycle of poverty by putting a college diploma in reach for academically successful, financially needy students and is proud to graduate approximately 100 students a year. Those residents who graduated in the Fall 2014 reported the following results upon graduating and exiting our program: 78% graduated with a 3.5 grade point average or higher; 85% graduated with Bachelor’s degrees; and 15% with graduate degrees. Since its inception, our program has served over 8,500 students and each student experiences a $12,000 savings in living expenses per year. The economic impact is incredible and the opportunities presented to our residents are priceless*.

* 48% of SSF residents are first-generation college students (first in their extended family to attend college), 52% are financially self-supported, 51% are from single-parent homes and 83% reported they were unsure if they would be able to attend college without the SSF scholarship.

Program Comments
CEO Statement/Executive Director/Board Comments
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Brian Horton
Company Affiliation City of Kissimmee
Term Feb 2016 to Feb 2017
Board Members
Barbara Abramson Alumnae
Mary Bedford Education Lobbyist
Kathy Bell No Affiliation
Elizabeth Boyette FSU Law School
Dr. Heather Burch Burch Orthodontics
Elaine Mann Carpenter No Affiliation
Jazmin Caton No Affiliation
Pam Davis No Affiliation
Dr. Sheila Dickison Retired
Charlotte Edenfield Alumnae
James Fanaro Joffrey's
Rhoda Glasco Foderingham Retired
Fanchon Funk No Affiliation
Stephan Greco Attorney
Brian Horton City of Tallahassee
Becky Hunt Chair, Gainesville Advisory Board
John "Jack" M. Jenkins Retired
Linda Jenkins Alachua County Schools
Phil Mendez SSF resident
Dave Mica No Affiliation
Lavelle Mount Retired
James W. Newman Jr.No Affiliation
Dean Piacente Alumnae
Bill Rutherford No Affiliation
Hildy Sastre Shook, Hardy & Bacon
Zach Scharlepp HR Attorney
Ryan Tucker No Affiliation
R. Scott Vedder No Affiliation
James Wylie Jr.No Affiliation
Dhyana Ziegler No Affiliation
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 3
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 23
Hispanic/Latino 4
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 12
Female 18
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 49%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 50%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Student Affairs
Board Governance
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mrs. Barby M. Moro
Term Start Apr 2016
Experience Interim President/CEO
Senior Staff
Title Director of Development

Amber R. Tynan is the Director of Development for Southern Scholarship Foundation. Prior to joining SSF, Amber was recognized for her demonstrated commitment and performance in our nonprofit community as the Director of Development at Elder Care Services, Inc. While in this position she was recognized as the Fundraiser of the Year by the Big Bend chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals in 2013. She was also recently honored as "Leader of the Year" by the Leadership Academy of North Florida, Tallahassee Democrat’s 2015 selection of 25 Women You Need to Know, Golden A.C.E. Recipient and 2015 Women Who Mean Business Awards Rock Star Award Recipient.

Amber has more than 11 years of non-profit management experience and has served in numerous capacities. She has spent most of her career consulting with non-profits ranging in asset sizes of fifty million to five-hundred million - finding ways to improve their operational efficiency, while creating alternative solutions to meet the needs of their target demographic and local communities.

A philanthropist at heart, Amber enjoys volunteering within the community and serves on multiple boards sharing her personal philosophy of “together we’re better.” Amber is a graduate of Florida State University with a B.A. in English and Communication and is currently pursuing her MBA at Florida State University. When she is not at the office, you can usually find Amber with her four-legged children (two dogs and two cats), hanging out with friends, or traveling.

Title Director of Student Affairs - N. Florida
Experience/Biography Bárbara María Moro, aka “Barby”, is the Director of Student Affairs for the North Florida campuses of SSF. Prior to joining the SSF Team, Barby was a part of the Leadership Team for The Oasis Center for Women & Girls, of which she is a Founding Member. She has an extensive background in working with children to young adults in a variety of areas such as social skills, conflict resolution, strategic leadership, and civic engagement.

In 2013, Barby was a finalist for the Pacesetter of the Year award recognizing her as an influential leader in her community by Leadership Tallahassee & the Chamber of Commerce. In 2012, Barby won the Top A.C.E award for Authentic Community Engagement by the Tallahassee Network of Young Professionals, coining her as the top person under the age of 40 to know. Barby serves on multiple boards and is an active Big Sister for the local chapter of Big Brothers Big Sisters. Barby was honored recently as Tallahassee Democrat’s 2015 selection of 25 Women You Need to Know. She is a graduate of Leadership Tallahassee, Class 28 and is extremely proud to be an SSF Alumna.

Receiving both her Master’s degrees from FSU, she is a ‘Nole by choice, but loves all the SSF campuses with all her heart. When she is not at work, you can find Barby hanging out with her dogs or just reading the latest X-Men graphic novel.

Title Director of Student Affairs - Central Florida

Teresa Turner is the Director of Student Affairs for the Florida Gulf Coast University and University of Florida SSF Campuses. Teresa has been on the SSF Team since 1997, and with 17 years of experience, Teresa is a huge asset to SSF. Her real passion is non-profits and the SSF residents. Teresa is so thankful for the many relationships she has formed and the many wonderful memories she has because of the Foundation.

Teresa is an active member in the Pilot Club of Greater Gainesville and has served in several leadership roles including Director, Secretary and Club President. She is also an active member of the Gainesville Toastmasters 3019, and volunteers at many animal rescues in the City of Gainesville.

When not in the office or volunteering you can usually find Teresa with her animals (3 horses and 4 cats) on the farm, or heading to the beach with family and friends. Fun fact: Teresa lived in Australia for 3 years with her husband Fred and they came back with the best souvenir; their daughter Samantha.

Title Social & Digital Media Manager
Experience/Biography Marie Mahovetz is SSF’s Social & Digital Media Manager. She is the social media gal for the organization and makes sure that our marketing strategies are fresh and mission-driven. Originally from Stuart, Florida, she moved back to Tallahassee to reunite with the SSF team in September 2013.

Marie graduated from Florida State University and is an alumna of SSF. During her two years at FSU, she lived in the BPW House where she served as Ambassador and Secretary. While at SSF, Marie developed a deep appreciation for how much the Foundation helped her and so many others throughout college by providing them opportunities to grow as leaders and influential members of their community. Marie believes being an SSF alumna has enhanced her dedication to the SSF mission and also her commitment to our residents, alumni, sponsors, and board members alike. Marie is a sister of the graduate/professional chapter of Kappa Delta Chi Sorority, Public Relations Chair for Business & Professional Women of Tallahassee, member of the National Association of Professional Women, member of Equality Florida, and a mentor with TCC Take Stock in Children in hopes of staying connected in the Tallahassee area. She was also named a finalist for the Administrative Professional of the Year Award in April 2015.

Marie loves animals of all kinds, especially her fluffy cat named Padme and her long-haired Chihuahua, Charlie. She is a huge movie buff and likes to call herself a non-professional movie critic. She also loves to laugh and welcomes any of the cheesiest knock-knock jokes into the SSF office.

Title Junior Staff Accountant

Akira Hung is the Junior Staff Accountant at Southern Scholarship Foundation. She handles all the financial aspects of SSF’s work, including budget reporting, bank reconciliations, accounts payable, administration, billing and account receivable functions and procurement.

Prior to joining the SSF Team in 2009, Akira spent over 6 years in the accounting industry in the United Kingdom & Canada. Akira is very passionate about Accounting and would like to continue her education to one day becomes a Certified Public Accountant.

When not maintaining the books at SSF, Akira enjoys snuggle with her two cats, reading Japanese Anime comics and cooking traditional Hong Kong style cuisine!

Title Director of Maintenance

Norman Moore is the Director of Maintenance for the North Florida campus in Tallahasee. He joined the SSF family in 2006 and brings with him over 15 years of experience in residential and facility maintenance. He truly enjoys the opportunities to interact with the SSF residents, and loves lending a helping hand to his fellow co-workers. Norman takes pride in the houses and really enjoys the opportunity to oversee large scale maintenance projects. Lately Norman has thoroughly enjoyed being a part of the growth and planning of additional homes at SSF.

When Norman is not working, he enjoys spending time with his family. Whether camping, traveling, or even just a good old family game night with his wife and children. Norman has enjoyed volunteering as a youth soccer coach for the past couple of years and is now looking forward to some sideline parental cheering!

Title Foundation Liaison
Title Maintenance Specialist
Experience/Biography Dale Dixon is the SSF Maintenance Specialist for our Central Florida campus. In addition to having over 25 years of experience in residential maintenance, Dale is also certified in A/C and appliance repair.He enjoys lending a hand wherever it's needed around the SSF houses.He particularly enjoys helping SSF reduce maintenance expenses by coming up with new ideas to save money. Dale is a family man who enjoys doing crafts with his daughters, Heather and Summer, playing golf or disc golf and going to parks with his family. Dale also enjoys volunteering in the community and serves at the Alachua County Humane Society and participates in clean ups throughout Gainesville.
Full Time Staff 8
Part Time Staff 1
Volunteers 128
Contractors 2
Retention Rate 75%
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
NonManagement Formal Evaluation Yes
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Jan 2012
Management Succession Plan? Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes

Over the 60 year history, Southern Scholarship Foundation has established many relationships that provide opportunities for student recruitment and access to resources necessary to operate the program and maintain the property and grounds.

SSF is proud of the many collaborative relationships it has with civic clubs across the state. Kiwanis Clubs, Pilot Clubs, BPW, ADK and Rotary sponsor individual scholarship houses and participate regularly with the organization’s fundraising efforts, student recruitment and community outreach.

Additionally, Southern Scholarship Foundation has a relationship with the Florida State University Foundation, FAMU Foundation, and the University of Florida Foundation allowing for donations to be designated to support SSF through these university foundations. This allows for corporate matching gifts that might not qualify directly and also allows alumni to support their alma mater and provide a portion of their gift to Southern Scholarship Foundation.

Winner - Nonprofit of the YearGreater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce2015
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01 2015
Fiscal Year End Dec 31 2015
Projected Revenue $1,276,411.00
Projected Expenses $1,276,411.00
Endowment Value $7,352,395.00
Spending Policy Income Only
Audit or In-House Financial Documents
IRS Letter of Dtermination
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201320122011
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$758,308$722,397$1,192,924
Investment Income, Net of Losses$890,169$652,697$390,135
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$0$0$0
Revenue In-Kind$52,704$54,871$30,698
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201320122011
Program Expense$1,241,003$1,046,670$1,017,836
Administration Expense$198,751$215,460$209,092
Fundraising Expense$203,144$194,830$158,256
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.151.091.30
Program Expense/Total Expenses76%72%73%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue27%27%13%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201320122011
Total Assets$13,365,882$13,150,917$13,035,749
Current Assets$557,611$835,568$436,619
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$131,414$154,747$174,403
Total Net Assets$13,234,468$12,996,170$2,861,346
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities4.245.402.50
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
Foundation Comments
  • Financial figures were taken from the audits.
  • Contributions from foundations and corporations are included with total for individuals, as they are not separated in the audit or 990.
  • Top 3 funding sources are not reflected above as they are not indicated in the audit or 990.
Additional Documents
State Charitable Solicitations Permit
Nonprofit Southern Scholarship Foundation, Inc.
Address 322 Stadium Dr
Tallahassee, FL 323043450
Primary Phone 850 222-3833
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Barby M. Moro
Board Chair Mr. Brian Horton
Board Chair Company Affiliation City of Kissimmee
Year of Incorporation 1952
Former Names
Southern Scholarship and Research Foundation