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.)

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

2019 Spring Award Recipients

Jordan Blades

Jordan Blades

  • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, Certificate in Addiction Counseling
Joseph Bryden

Joseph Bryden

  • Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance
Han Choi

Han Choi

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Gwendolyn Maluki Radford

Gwendolyn Maluki Radford

  • Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, minor in Chemistry

2019 Spring Finalists

Dani Bever

Dani Bever

  • Bachelor of Education in Elementary Education
Heather Blackwood

Heather Blackwood

  • Bachelor of Arts in English, Secondary Education
Isaac Dailey

Isaac Dailey

  • Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting
Bryce Hayden

Bryce Hayden

  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science
Stephanie Jones biography PDF

Stephanie Jones

  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Katie Martin

Katie Martin

  • Bachelor of Arts
Benjamin Nelson

Benjamin Nelson

  • Bachelor of Science in Actuarial Science
Colin Truhe

Colin Truhe

  • Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies, Mass Media and Public Relations
Yuta Tsutsumi

Yuta Tsutsumi

  • Bachelor of Arts in Mass Media, minor in Mathematics

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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