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Elizabeth Cunningham Awarded Stillman Scholarship

Updated on: Sep 12, 2007 @ 4:55:00 pm

Ms Elizabeth Julissa Cunningham, a senior majoring in Microbiology & Molecular Biology, is the 2007-08 recipient of the June S. Stillman Memorial Scholarship. Since the 1999/2000 academic year , the Libraries has been proud to offer a scholarship named for one of the charter members of the library staff back when the university (then called Florida Technological University) opened in 1968. After her untimely death in 1998, this annual scholarship, established to help Libraries student assistants and USPS employees reach their educational goals, was established by those who loved and respected her, to honor her and to keep her memory alive forever. (See the Stillman Scholarship website for more information about this remarkable woman.)
Elizabeth wants to help people. Her life goal is to become a doctor. Since her junior year in high school, sitting in her AP biology class, she reports that she "knew the medical field was for me. I made that decision years ago, and to this day I am trying to follow it." True to her commitment Elizabeth is pursuing her goal in more than just her education. She volunteers at hospitals and clinics, chose to work as a pharmacy technician to learn more about drugs and how they affect the body, and is active in pre-med clubs on campus. Between now and when she graduates in December 2007 much of her time will be spent applying and interviewing for medical school. (Just in case, her contingency plan is to pursue a master's degree and eventually do research work, possibly in oncology).
People say the nicest things about her. One of her professors in the Burnett College of Biomedical Sciences described her as "sharp, intelligent, helpful ... very responsible and dependable ... able to make right decisions at the right time." He placed her in the top 5% in leadership, creativity, maturity, and personal skills. Her immediate supervisor in the Libraries Reference Services department, where Elizabeth worked for two years as a student assistant, wrote: "I know that I can ask Elizabeth to complete any project or work with anyone and she will happily and professionally finish the task." A colleague at Florida Hospital agreed and added that awarding Elizabeth this scholarship "would be money well invested, and the return on this investment will be seen ten fold by her achievements and devotion to quality work and studies."
Whether studying, working, volunteering, or playing, Elizabeth Cunningham is a model of today's students and positive reflection of the Libraries and the University of Central Florida. Congratulations, Elizabeth!

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