ORLANDO, May 2018 – The University of Central Florida Libraries proudly announces the 2018 recipient of the June S Stillman Memorial Endowed Scholarship Sara Nazarian.
Sara Nazarian is a junior with a double major (History & Music), a GPA of 3.6, and plans to attend graduate school for a master’s in Museum Studies. She began working as a library student assistant in Circulation Services in the John C. Hitt Library in May 2017.
The focus of her studies leads her to pursue internships, both domestic and international. Her plans include spending a summer in Cuba to work on her undergraduate thesis on sex trafficking in Cuba.
In addition to her studies Sara volunteered with the UCF Veterans History Project, operating a camera and interviewing veterans; and Orange County Regional History Center, leading tours of the museum and working hands-on with K-12 students. She has been a member of the international music fraternity Sigma Alpha Iota since 2016 and currently serves as vice president. Sara is also a member of the Collegiate National Association for Music Educators where she has also served as president.
Among her achievements and awards are the Sigma Alpha Iota Sword of Honor (2018) and UCF Dean’s List (2016 and 2017). In addition to the June S. Stillman Scholarship Sara also received a Bright Futures Medallion Scholarship (2015) and two Eastern Diocese (Armenian Church) of America Scholarships (2015 and 2017).
Named for a truly remarkable woman, this scholarship was established in 1999. This is the 20th scholarship awarded. June S. Stillman was one of the first two librarians hired when the UCF (then Florida Technological University) library was opened in 1968. Her impact on students can be seen from the 25th anniversary survey of the first graduating class, who listed her most often as an important person from their student days. She received her second master’s degree in English Literature from UCF while working as the Head of Reference Services at the library. She retired from UCF in December 1996 and tragically lost her life to an assailant in March 1998. Her friends and family established the June S. Stillman Memorial Endowed Scholarship in her honor. She is remembered as the consummate professional, the epitome of gentility and compassion, a proponent of lifelong learning, and a true and loving friend.