Academics

Sibberson Award Recipients

Sibberson Award Recipients (PDF)
Spring 2018 ~ College of Arts & Sciences
Allison Elsbernd

Allison Elsbernd - Bachelor of Arts / Psychology and Spanish

Spring 2018 ~ School of Applied Studies
Christian Liewer

Christian Liewer - Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

Spring 2018 ~ School of Business
Bailey Hockett

Bailey Hockett - Bachelor of Business Administration/Marketing and Management

Spring 2018 ~ School of Nursing
Chastity Smith

Chastity Smith - Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Sibberson Award

The Sibberson Award is a substantial monetary award established by the trusts of Erna Sibberson and Gretchen O.A. Sibberson. The purpose of the endowment is to honor the most deserving student(s) selected from among the highest-ranking member(s) of the senior class in the undergraduate program at Washburn University. Sibberson awards are to be made annually at commencement as follows - December-one award; May-four awards. The award will recognize students who completed degrees during the most recent academic year. For fall graduates, the highest-ranking member of the senior class from all undergraduate programs will receive the award. For spring graduates, the highest-ranking member of the senior class from the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Applied Studies, the School of Business and the School of Nursing will receive the award. (School of Law graduates and students receiving a graduate degree or an associate's degree are not eligible to receive the award.)

Student Eligibility

  • be a graduating senior in an undergraduate program leading to a baccalaureate degree
  • be completing a first baccalaureate degree
  • completed a minimum of 30 of the last 40 or 40 of the last 60 credit hours at Washburn University
  • completed an application for graduation with the University Registrar's Office
  • attained a 4.0 grade point average or have the highest grade point average among the graduating class
  • be present to receive the award
  • agree to have name, photo and biographical information used in publicity by the University
  • limit letters of reference to three, of which two must be from Washburn University faculty members

Students who qualify for the Sibberson Award will be notified by the Vice President for Academic Affairs and those who complete their application materials are named "Sibberson Finalists" and will be recognized as such at the commencement ceremonies in which they participate.

The Sibberson Award Committee will select the award winner prior to the ceremony in the semester in which the finalists graduate and the award recipient will be announced during the ceremony.

FALL 2017 Sibberson Award Finalists

Perry Krogman Picture

Perry Krogman


Bachelor of Health Science in Health Services Administration

Ashlyn Lane Picture

Ashlyn Lane


Bachelor of Business Administration

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Mackenzie Mapes


Bachelor of Applied Science in Human Services

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Peter Qiu 

Bachelor of Arts in Political Science

SPRING 2018 Sibberson Award Finalists

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Justina Bayless


Bachelor of Health Science in Health Services Administration

Alyssa Carney Picture

Alyssa Carney


Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology

Shelby Dodds Picture

Shelby Dodds

Bachelor of Education

Allison Elsbernd Picture

Allison Elsbernd

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Spanish

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Isabella Fenton


Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Will Haynes Picture

Will Haynes

Bachelor of Arts in Political Science

Bailey Hockett Picture

Bailey Hockett

Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing and Management

Christian Liewer Picture

Christian Liewer

Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice - Forensic Investigation

Mallory Lutz Picture

Mallory Lutz

Bachelor of Arts in History

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Katelyn Rollins

Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education English and Mathematics

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Chastity Smith

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

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Alexis Yelland

Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training


Fall 2017 Sibberson Award Recipient
Peter Qiu

Peter Qiu - Bachelor of Arts - Political Science