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Giving to the Library & Student Scholarships: Dr. Carolyn Williams Student Assistant Award - More Info

Dr. Carolyn Williams Student Assistant Award - SPRING & FALL ANNUALLY

Portrait of Dr. Carolyn WilliamsPurpose

Student assistants play a critical role in library staffing, serving library users and supporting internal processes across the Library. Through part-time employment, students build lifelong skills and help cover the costs of their UNF education. This $250 award is intended to reward top-performing Library student assistants who demonstrate excellent service and commitment to the Library and its mission. The award is provided through the Dr. Carolyn Williams Library Student Assistant Fund, established upon her passing by community members and her family to honor Dr. Williams’ memory and many contributions to the Library. It is awarded twice per academic year - once in the Spring and once in the Fall semester.


For questions regarding applying for this award, please contact Pat Madrid, UNF Library Coordinator of Budgets (904-620-1485).

Award Nomination and Application Periods

The Spring Award Library staff nomination period takes place annually in late January. The Fall Award Library staff nomination period takes place annually in late September. Information will be distributed via the Library Newsletter at each interval announcing the nomination season is open. Nominated students will be advised by the Dean of Library or Library Administration department to submit their application after each of the nomination periods end.


Dr. Carolyn Williams was an associate professor in the history department at UNF. She grew up in Durkeeville in the Jacksonville area and graduated from Bishop Kenny High School. She earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Immaculate Heart College in Los Angeles and a bachelor’s degree in history from UNF. While a UNF student, she worked as a student assistant in the library and valued that experience as part of her academic career. She later received a master’s in U.S. history from the University of California at San Diego and a doctorate from the University of California at Los Angeles, where she examined women in the anti-slavery movement.

Dr. Williams spent many hours immersed in the “too-often forgotten history of Jacksonville.” In a 2008 interview, she said history can help revitalize a community by instilling pride and encouraging people to invest in its future.

She passed away in November 2011 at the age of 63.

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How to Apply for Award

Currently enrolled UNF students in good academic standing who have worked in the Thomas G. Carpenter Library for at least two academic semesters (fall and spring) and who hold a current student job assignment in the Library are eligible to apply. Selection: Applications will be reviewed by the Thomas G. Carpenter Library Awards & Scholarships Committee. The committee will make its recommendation for an award winner to the Dean of Library. This award will be given based on eligible applicants. The award’s current value is $250. It will be given at the end of the fall and spring semesters.

In considering applications, the committee will select award recipient(s) considering evidence of one or more of the following criteria:

  1. Provides quality service to library users and/or staff.
  2. Presents a favorable image of the Library.
  3. Demonstrates excellent work habits and teamwork.
  4. Offers creative and innovative suggestions for improving library service.

Eligible students may be nominated by any library faculty or staff member using the nomination form. Student nominees will be invited to submit the following:

  1. Award application form.
  2. One-page resume.
The Spring Award Nomination Period begins in late January and Fall Award Nomination Period begins in late September, annually.