TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (December 5, 2012) – Continuing a partnership that began in 2007, Student Housing Solutions, for a sixth consecutive year, has made a significant contribution to Tallahassee Community College.
And according to Robin Johnston, Executive Director of the TCC Foundation, Student Housing Solutions’ latest gift now brings their total support to almost $400,000.
The donation enabled international students at TCC to secure housing accommodations for the 2012-13 academic year at one of Student Housing Solutions’ properties free of charge.
“This is a huge benefit for students who are already saddled with the cost of out-of-state tuition,” added Johnston. “In addition, international students face some particular challenges when it comes to housing, as it is much more difficult for them to provide evidence of financial stability or good previous tenancy relationships.”
According to Betty Jensen, International Student Adviser, the scholarship sets TCC apart from other community colleges in Florida.
“International students, unlike their American counterparts, cannot work off-campus while in school,” said Jensen. “Because of that, the housing scholarship is significant.”
The latest gift from Student Housing Solutions will be presented to the TCC Foundation during a 3 p.m. ceremony on Friday, December 7 in TCC’s Student Union Ballroom.
Student Housing Solutions is the largest locally owned and operated housing provider specializing in Tallahassee’s student housing market. Eagles Point Townhomes, located directly adjacent to TCC’s main campus, is one of the 20 communities within the Student Housing Solutions family.
A personal experience of Student Housing Solutions’ co-founder Steven Leoni was the catalyst to the housing scholarship program.
At one time, he and his family hosted an au pair who attended TCC as an international student. The hoops, red tape and road blocks that the Leoni family personally experienced quickly revealed the challenges first-time international students face when enrolling for college in the United States.
“Securing housing is the single most difficult thing an international student has to do,” said Leoni. “It must happen quickly, many times prior to arriving in the country. Most students do not have the resources needed to obtain housing, such as a guarantor with a social security card and credit history in the United States.”
Student Housing Solutions’ managing member James Sauls concurred.
“As an organization, we identified an area that we could positively impact in our community, as well as the students at Tallahassee Community College,” Sauls said. “Making a difference in the life of a student was the goal of this scholarship program.”
Since the program began, Student Housing Solutions has provided housing for more than 50 international students at TCC.
International students interested in receiving more information or applying for the Student Housing Solutions Scholarship should contact Betty Jensen at (850) 201-8457 or firstname.lastname@example.org.