In 1965 the dream takes root. The EDUCATION FOUNDATION is chartered by the BPW/Florida membership, partnered with Southern Scholarship Foundation (SSF) and purchases the first scholarship house in Tallahassee, adjoining Florida State University.
This house provided a home to 2,022 undergraduate women during its 12 years of operation. In 1976, this house was sold and a new one, housing 20 students and one House Manager resident advisor each year, was built on Stadium Drive adjacent to the FSU campus, housing students from Tallahassee Community College, Florida State University, and Florida A & M University.
The new house, dedicated in 1977 at a cost of $150,000 was paid in full in three years.
LaQuitta Davis, 2005 House Manager, summed up what she has learned living in a Education Foundation Scholarship House: “I have become more responsible and have learned how to deal with people from differing cultures. I have clearly learned to be more open minded.”
Frequently Asked Questions
- Who do I contact to get an application to apply for housing at the scholarship house?
Visit Southern Scholarship Foundation (SSF) online
- What is the criteria for residing in the scholarship house and what are the application deadlines to apply and reapply for the subsequent year?
BPW/FL Scholarship houses primarily select based upon meeting financial aid and GPA standards. Each student must reapply each semester. Assuming she meets the same standards, a current resident is given priority for remaining in the subsequent semester. She must have a Student Aid Report from the FAFSA Student Financial Aid Letter, cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above, be a full time student, and be willing to participate in a cooperative living environment.
- How are the residents selected and who sits on the selection committee?
The Southern Scholarship Foundation Admissions Team, consisting of the Directors of Student Affairs and Student Affairs Coordinators, conducts the interview and selection processes.
- How much do scholarship house residents pay per month and what does the fee include?
FSU: $900 to $1000 per semester. This fee is called the Food & Services Bill and includes utilities, food, laundry, cable, and internet.
- How many residents live in the Tallahassee house?
20 Students – 1 House Manager (also a college student)
- What are the responsibilities of the Residents of the Scholarship Houses?
The Scholarship Houses are cooperative living environments that provide campus living for women who meet both the financial and academic requirements. The cooperative living environment means the residents learn skills necessary to run the houses effectively and efficiently. Once selected to live in the house, they elect officers for the semester who are responsible for ensuring that the Constitution of the house is followed. There are monthly meetings of the officers and residents who are responsible for all house operations, including finances, cleaning, purchasing and preparing food.