Sara Marti’s path towards a degree in Interpersonal Communications (’05) took a life-altering turn when she accepted an internship at the U.S. Embassy in Singapore.

She was inspired by the officers she shadowed there and she brought back an expanded skill set to UCF. These skills soon came in handy as a resident assistant managing campus shelters during the 2004 hurricane season.

Sara’s RA experience on the heels of her internship created an a-ha moment: She realized her strengths and interests perfectly matched the job of  Foreign Service Officer, a diplomat who serves U.S. citizens abroad.

She soon won a Rangel Fellowship with the Department of State, which covered her master’s degree, an internship with Congress, an additional Foreign Service internship and her commissioning as a Foreign Service Officer in 2008. Since that time she has served in Luanda, Angola; Brasilia, Brazil; and London, United Kingdom.

Sara feels fortunate to work in such an important field and has created a scholarship to support students who wish to study abroad or pursue a career in international relations.  She wants to help others make a difference in a world where international relations are increasingly difficult.

“Focusing a scholarship in international relations within The Burnett Honors College is the best way that I can contribute to the educational experience of young, smart, future leaders who will shake the world with the ripples of their individual actions,” she said.

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