Sibberson Award Background and Purpose

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.)

2020 Spring Finalists

Isaac Bird

Isaac Bird

  • Bachelor of Arts and Sciences in Art Education

Anna Broyles

Anna Broyles

  • Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing
Kyler Cogburn

Kyler Cogburn

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts with a concentration in Graphic Design and Electronic Arts

Britnee Douglas

Britnee Douglas

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Leadership Studies minor

lauren evans

Lauren Evans

  • Bachelor of Arts in English (Creative Writing) and minors in Religious Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies

madison farr

Madison Farr

  • Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting
Edgar Fuentes

Edgar Fuentes

  • Bachelor of Legal Studies
Jason Haberkorn

Jason Haberkorn

  • Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting & Finance

candyce halstead

Candyce Halstead

  • Bachelor of Social Work
Kelsi Hendrson

Kelsi Henderson

  • Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Computer Information Science

Abigail Holloway

Abigail Holloway

  • Bachelor of Arts degree in Music and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English: Creative Writing

Marcie Koch

Marcie Koch

  • Bachelor of Health Science in Medical Imaging
Yue Li

Yue Li

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Painting and Drawing

Meghan Mcclorey

Meghan McClorey

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Elizabeth Moore

Elizabeth Moore

  • Bachelor of Arts in English with Emphasis in Creative Writing and Bachelor of Arts in Sociology

Sara Schlange

Sara Schlange

  • Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with an emphasis in Secondary Education
Jacob Talkin

Jacob Talkin

  • Bachelor of Science degree in Actuarial Science

Ellen Wenger

Ellen Wenger

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing

2019 Fall Award Recipient

Jonathan Barnell

Jonathan Barnell

  • Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

2019 Fall Award Finalists

hannah arneson

Hannah Arneson

  • Bachelor of Applied Studies in Legal Studies; Minor in Leadership Studies
Chandler Burrows

Chandler Burrows

  • Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science
Rheagan Hageman

Rheagan Hageman

  • Bachelor of Applied Science in Human Services; Certificate in Victim/Survivor Services; Minor in Social Work
Katlyn Hays

Katlyn Hays

  • Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology; Minor in Chemistry
Emily Noble

Emily Noble

  • Bachelor of Arts in Education with an emphasis in Special Education
Shawn Oliver

Shawn Oliver

  • Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting; Bachelor of Arts in Spanish
Hannah Stevicks

Hannah Stevicks

  • Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and Finance

Student Eligibility

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.

  • 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

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