Alumni Scholarship-Richard E. and Jane Hibbard

Departments: Development and Alumni Relations Categories: Any Course of Study
Amount One award of $500.
Availability Annually
Eligibility Criteria

Recipient must be a junior or senior with characteristics of service to the university, scholarship, character, and a minimum of a 3.5 cumulative GPA. Recipient is eligible to receive this award only one time.

Application Procedure Go to the Gold for Blugolds Scholarship Network. Complete the Alumni Association scholarship application.
Selection Procedure

The Alumni Office will coordinate the selection process, which is highly competitive. Applications will be considered holistically and include a review of the student's GPA, university and community leadership, activities/involvement, etc. Screening of candidates will begin after the application deadline. Applications are reviewed on the basis of scholarship and service (university, church, and community). Recipients are selected by the Alumni Association Board of Director’s Recognition Committee.


Award notices will be sent to scholarship recipients in early May. All applicants are invited to reapply as long as they remain eligible.

Special Notes

Richard Edwards Hibbard and Jane Mooney Hibbard were both graduates of Eau Claire State Teachers College (1932 and 1934 respectively). They met during their student days. Upon leaving Eau Claire, Dr. Hibbard went on to earn Master's Degrees from Northwestern University (Political Science) and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University (Diplomatic History) and a Ph.D. from Northwestern (Political Science). He was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He taught at Anatolia College, Salonika Greece, and Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA. During World War II he served with the Office of Strategic Services and the US Department of State, Washington D.C. Jane went on from Eau Claire to teach High School English and Chorus for five years before her marriage to Richard in 1939.

The Hibbards returned to Eau Claire in 1947 when Dr. Hibbard was hired at the College as a veteran's counselor and instructor in political science. He returned to government service from 1953-1955 in Washington D.C. At the end of that time he again returned to Eau Claire to become the Director of Admissions followed by Dean of Instruction, Vice-president for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty. He led many committees and worked closely with other administrators, students, and the community as the university grew and changed rapidly.

Dr. Hibbard also had a deep sense of civic responsibility. He was elected to the Eau Claire City Council in 1957 serving four terms including president in 1963-65. He was active in his church, in the Sacred Heart Hospital Board of Trustees and in Rotary International. In October, 1971, Dr. Hibbard became the acting President and later the Interim Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. In 1972 as Dr. Hibbard and Jane prepared to leave the Homecoming Dance, he had a heart attack. He died on October 17, 1972, and the campus went into mourning. A service 'In Remembrance and Recognition of the Life and Person of Richard Hibbard' was held on October 19 in the Zorn Arena. The humanities building which was under construction was named the 'Richard E. Hibbard Humanities Hall.' Jane continued her active interest in and support of the students and faculty at UW-Eau Claire. She died in Eau Claire in 2004.

The Alumni Scholarship-Richard and Jane Hibbard and the Richard and Jane Hibbard Memorial Funds were established to honor the lives of two remarkable alumni who provided outstanding, selfless service to the University.

Thank You The recipient should write a thank-you note to Sarah Hibbard Hanson and to Elizabeth Isaacson, daughters of the Hibbards, and send them in care of the UW-Eau Claire Foundation Office.