Sibberson Award Recipients

Sibberson Award Recipients (PDF)
Spring 2017 ~ College of Arts & Sciences
Samantha Carson

Samantha Carson ~ Bachelor of Arts/Kinesiology

Spring 2017 ~ School of Applied Studies
Lydia Gibson

Lydia Gibson ~ Bachelor of Health Science/Health Services Administration

Spring 2017 ~ School of Business
Ryan Kelly

Ryan Kelly - Bachelor of Business Administration/International Business and Marketing

Spring 2017 ~ School of Nursing
Virginia Umscheid

Virginia Umscheid - 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 2016 Sibberson Award Finalists

Erin Finley picture

Erin Finley
Bachelor of Education

Amber Coultis Picture

Ellen Glasgow
Bachelor of Arts

Natalie Killingsworth Picture

Natalie Killingsworth
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

SPRING 2017Sibberson Award Finalists

Samantha Carson picture

Samantha Carson
Bachelor of Arts

Amber Coultis Picture

Amber Coultis
Bachelor of Fine Arts

Sarah Edelman Picture

Sarah Edelman
Bachelor of Business Administration

Lydia Gibson PictureLydia Gibson

Bachelor of Health Science

Ryan Kelly Picture

Ryan Kelly
Bachelor of Business Administration


Chantal Prester Picture

Chantal Prester

Bachelor of Arts

Virginia Umscheid Picture

Virginia Umscheid
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Fall 2016 Sibberson Award Recipient
Natalie Killingsworth

Natalie Killingsworth - Bachelor of Science in Nursing