Meet Your Admissions Counselors

If you live outside of the state of Florida, please contact Shaelina Holmes, Assistant Director.

If you live outside of the U.S., please contact Joseph Sousa, Admissions Counselor.

If you are a Transfer student, please contact transfer@usfsp.edu.

(727) 873-4142

Mailing Address:
Undergraduate Admissions
140 Seventh Avenue South, BAY 117
St. Petersburg, FL 33701

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SHAELINA HOLMES

Assistant Director, Undergraduate Admissions
shaelinah@mail.usf.edu
727-873-4648

Quick Facts

  • Hometown: St. Petersburg, FL
  • Degree: M.A. Global Affairs, B.A. Psychology, B.A. Political Science
  • Hobbies: I love cooking delicious, healthy meals for my friends and family and spending time outside in the gorgeous Florida sunshine.
  • Personal motto: “You get what you give.”

What is your favorite college memory?
Every day was a new adventure! I loved learning from brilliant professors, working with equally brilliant classmates and serving on various leadership boards in student organizations where we were able to make direct impacts on our community.

Who had the greatest influence on your life?
My son-shine J! I’ve always wanted to make the world a better place, but now he is the biggest reason to do so.

What advice would you give to applicants?
College is the time to explore new places around the world and in yourself – don’t be afraid! Be open and visit every campus you possibly can. You’ll know in your heart when you find the right one for you.

Shaelina recruits Freshman students from states outside of Florida.

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NICOLE MESSINA

Admissions Counselor
nmessina1@mail.usf.edu
727-873-4984

Quick Facts

  • Hometown: Marco Island, FL.
  • Degree: B.A. Psychology, minor in Art History.
  • Hobbies: Reading, going to art museums, listening to music, being outside and exploring new places.
  • Personal motto: “Make way for the positive day.”

What is your favorite college memory?
Being an Orientation Leader during my Senior year of college.

Who had the greatest influence on your life?
My parents are my biggest supporters and the best role models I could ever have.

What advice would you give to applicants?
Life happens when you step outside of your comfort zone! Get out there and explore your passions and find out what truly makes you happy during your time in college.

Nicole recruits Freshman students from these counties:
Charlotte, Collier, Desoto, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Highlands, Lee, Manatee, Pinellas and Sarasota.

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SCARLETT SCHIRALDI

Admissions Counselor 
schiraldi@mail.usf.edu
727-873-4279

Quick Facts

  • Hometown: Pompano Beach, FL.
  • Degree: B.A. Fine Art, Graphic Design.
  • Hobbies: Paddle boarding, kayaking, knitting, making art and playing with my dog.
  • Personal motto: “Inspiration does exist, but it must find you working.”

What is your favorite college memory?
Cooking with my roommates on my first night in the residence hall and opening the door to the whole floor.

Who had the greatest influence on your life?
My mom is my greatest influence and inspiration.

What advice would you give to applicants?
Say “yes” to things sometimes.

Scarlett recruits Freshman students from these counties:
Alachua, Brevard, Clay, Duval, Flagler, Indian River, Marion, Nassau, Okeechobee, Orange, Putnam, Seminole, St. Johns and Volusia.

KYLE SCOBEE

Admissions Counselor 
kylescobee@mail.usf.edu
727-873-4219

Quick Facts

  • Hometown: Elk Run Heights, IA.
  • Degree: B.A. Business Administration, Minor in Leadership.
  • Hobbies: Cooking, reading, painting, spending time with friends and going to the beach or Universal!
  • Personal motto: “Be who you were meant to be.”

What is your favorite college memory?
Getting involved! I found so many of my passions and met some of my best friends by getting out of my room and joining different student organizations.

Who had the greatest influence on your life?
Probably my younger brother. We’re close in age and growing up I always wanted to set the best example I could and he’s always been my biggest supporter!

What advice would you give to applicants?
Find a school that is going to make you the best “you” you can be! Trust yourself and your instincts, there is no wrong decision!

Kyle recruits Freshman students from these counties:
Baker, Bay, Bradford, Calhoun, Citrus, Columbia, Dixie, Escambia, Franklin, Gadsden, Gilchrist, Gulf, Hamilton, Hernando, Hillsborough, Holmes, Jackson, Jefferson, Lafayette, Lake, Leon, Levy, Liberty, Madison, Okaloosa, Osceola, Pasco, Polk, Santa Rosa, Sumter, Suwanee, Taylor, Union, Wakulla, Walton and Washington.

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JOSEPH SOUSA

Admissions Counselor
sousa@mail.usf.edu
727-873-4367

Quick Facts

  • Hometown: Fort Lauderdale, FL.
  • Degree: B.S. Environmental Science & Policy.
  • Hobbies: Camping, fishing, hanging with friends and watching TV.
  • Personal motto: “Simply to endure, is to triumph.”

What is your favorite college memory?
Getting involved as a campus tour guide. It was how I met most of my friends on campus, but also provided me with valuable experiences and knowledge.

Who had the greatest influence on your life?
My mom has always been my biggest role model. She always pushed me to do my best and work hard.

What advice would you give to applicants?
To take their college decision seriously. Find a school that they like, that has the program they’re interested in and provides the resources to succeed.

Joseph recruits students from:

Outside of the U.S.

Florida Counties:
Broward, Dade, Martin, Monroe, Palm Beach and St. Lucie