Educational Institutions

Southern Scholarship Foundation, Inc.

  • Tallahassee, FL
  • http://www.southernscholarship.org

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.

Main Programs

  1. Rent-free Housing Scholarships
  2. Rent-Free Scholarship Housing
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

Southern Scholarship Foundation serves students 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.

ruling year

1957

Principal Officer since 2009

Self-reported

Mr Mickey S. Moore

Keywords

Self-reported

scholarships, student housing, FSU, TCC, FAMU

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EIN

59-0939481

 Number

2495416797

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Southern Scholarship Foundation's top three accomplishments from 2011 are 1) The organization ended the year 2% under budget; 2) the organization increased contributed support for the third consecutive year and 3) according to our fall student survey, 68% of our graduating seniors left SSF with less than $10,000 in financial aid debt.

 

 

The top three goals for 2012 are 1) to increase contributed support by 5% (cash basis), 2) develop a text alert system and communication plan for students on all four of our campuses, and 3) finish Fiscal Year 2012 5% or more under budget.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Rent-free Housing Scholarships

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 $10,000 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 $8,100 per year, or $32,400 during their four-year college career. SSF students earn a higher GPA and learn life skills that set them apart from their peers. Our graduates are serving their communities across the country as teachers, doctors, lawyers, engineers, business leaders...even a former Governor.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

1029163.00

Program 2

Rent-Free Scholarship Housing

Contributions to Southern Scholarship Foundation for rent-free scholarship housing cover expenses associated with operating the 16 houses in Tallahassee, such as house repairs and maintenance, insurance, student events, upkeep of grounds, roofing, furniture, appliances, painting, and personnel. The personnel available to SSF students are designed to help them achieve college success—House Managers who are available to students informally and as role models and Student Affairs Coordinators who can more formally assist students improve their grade point averages and reduce the barriers that may preclude them from completing their education.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Other Named Groups

Budget

$1,035,465.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

National

Southern Scholarship Foundation serves students 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.

Funding Needs

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 16 houses in Tallahassee. The most pressing projects are the complete renovation of four of the older houses. The four dorm-style bathrooms and the cost for each is as follows: 1) EC Allen House - $50,000; 2) Smith House - $50,000; 3) Lundquist-Hovda House - $50,000; and 4) BPW House - $65,000.

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SOUTHERN SCHOLARSHIP FOUNDATION INC
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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Southern Scholarship Foundation, Inc.

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Mr Mickey S. Moore

BIO

Mickey is the first SSF alumnus to serve as president and began working September 9th, 2009. We are all very excited about the enthusiasm and skills Mickey brings to this position.
Mr. Moore is originally from New Smyrna Beach, FL, and is a graduate of FSU’s 1992 class with a degree in Political Science. He spent 15+ years working in the financial industry - managing and leading in various capacities at consumer finance companies, credit unions and banks. He also owned and operated his own consulting firm in the Tallahassee area. He has spent much time and energy working with non profit organizations and has had a close relationship with SSF - serving as a Board member, Ambassador, and a donor.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Dr. Dhyana Ziegler

Florida A&M University

Term: Feb 2012 - Feb 2013

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