The Dr. Barbara Hibner Memorial Scholarship will be presented annually to a women’s varsity sport at
The scholarship is named for Dr. Barbara Hibner, a 28-year member of the NU Athletic Department who passed away on March 7, 2007, after a fight with bone cancer. Dr. Hibner, who was fondly known as “Dr. H” to her friends and student-athletes, was a tireless promoter of women’s athletics whose efforts resulted in
Hibner began her career at
“Barb is responsible for much of the rise of women’s athletics at
Hibner’s dedication to women’s athletics was recognized beyond the reach of the NU Athletic Department. She established events in
“She was always there,” former NU volleyball coach Terry Pettit said. “And for those of us who have a daughter in micro-soccer, a sister in med school or a mother with high self-esteem, she still is.”
In 2000, Hibner was honored with the first annual Trailblazer Award, which recognizes outstanding achievements in the promotion of women’s athletics. The award was renamed in her honor upon her death in March of 2007, and was presented to Rhonda Revelle, NU’s head softball coach and longtime friend and mentee of Dr. Hibner who succeeded Hibner as Senior Woman Administrator.
“Dr. Hibner taught us all to lead by word and example,” Revelle said. “She will be greatly missed, but her presence will forever be evident in each of our women’s athletic programs here at