Students awarded Halbur University Scholarships are (front, from left) Brandi Eischeid, Carli Sibbel, Kasey Halbur, Marissa Tunning and Bailey Scheuermann; (back, from left) Cassidy Branning, Maddison Rotert, Cole Halbur and Justin Mohr. Halbur U. Board of Deans President Tim Hinners (back, right) announced the winners at the annual Halbur U. Scholarship Breakfast on Sunday, May 13. Each student will receive a $500 scholarship. Since the Halbur U. Scholarship Program was established in 1975, it has awarded a total of 308 scholarships worth $150,700.
Students awarded Halbur University Scholarships are (front, from left) Brandi Eischeid, Carli Sibbel, Kasey Halbur, Marissa Tunning and Bailey Scheuermann; (back, from left) Cassidy Branning, Maddison Rotert, Cole Halbur and Justin Mohr. Halbur U. Board of Deans President Tim Hinners (back, right) announced the winners at the annual Halbur U. Scholarship Breakfast on Sunday, May 13. Each student will receive a $500 scholarship. Since the Halbur U. Scholarship Program was established in 1975, it has awarded a total of 308 scholarships worth $150,700.

May 21, 2018

HALBUR

The generations that have benefited from the Halbur University Scholarship Program keep rolling on.

Halbur U. Board of Deans President Tim Hinners announced this year’s nine recipients of HU Scholarships on Sunday morning, May 13. The community honored those students and all the community’s high-school and eighth-grade graduates at the annual HU Scholarship Breakfast in the former school gym.

This marked the 42nd year HU Scholarships have been presented since the late William “Muddy” Testroet initiated the Halbur U. Scholarship Fund Inc. in 1975 with a $5,000 donation.

The community continues to support the program every year with the HU Fun(d) Night fundraiser, featuring entertainment and an auction. A bowling tournament is held earlier in the day. The 2019 Fun(d) Night will be Jan. 12.

With the presentations to Class of 2018 graduates, HU Scholarships have been awarded to a total of 308 students, with the scholarship amounts totaling $150,700. This year’s students each receive a $500 scholarship following successful completion of their first term of post-high-school education. Scholarship applications are judged on community service, academic achievement and financial need.

This year’s scholarship winners are:

— Cassidy Branning, daughter of Kurt and Jackie Branning, IKM-Manning High School.

— Brandi Eischeid, daughter of Brad and Jessie Eischeid, Kuemper Catholic High School.

— Cole Halbur, son of Rod and Faye Halbur, Kuemper Catholic High School.

— Kasey Halbur, daughter of DJ and Amy Halbur, Kuemper Catholic High School.

— Justin Mohr, son of Jon and Lisa Mohr, Carroll High School.

— Maddison Rotert, daughter of Scott and Mindi Rotert, Carroll High School.

— Bailey Scheuermann, daughter of Tim Scheuermann and Denise Costello, Carroll High School.

— Carli Sibbel, daughter of Mike and Julie Sibbel, Kuemper Catholic High School.

— Marissa Tunning, daughter of Mark and Gwen Tunning, Carroll High School.

Reflecting the small community’s longtime big dedication to its children’s continued education success, two of this year’s recipients — Carli Sibbel and Cole Halbur — are the last in their families to be awarded scholarships. Sibbel was preceded by three sisters and a brother, and Halbur by two brothers. The HU history extends even further back in the Halbur family. Cole’s mom, Faye (Eich), received a scholarship after she graduated from Kuemper in 1987, and she went on to receive a degree at Des Moines Area Community College in Carroll. She’s currently director of health information management at St. Anthony Regional Hospital and now enrolled at Clarkson College in Omaha, Nebraska, pursuing a degree in health information administration. She’s also served on the HU board.

“I was hesitant (to serve on the board) at first, even though I grew up in the Halbur community and was well-aware of what HU meant and stood for,” Faye says. “But it has been one of the best decisions I have made. To be able to help pass Bill “Muddy” Testroet’s legacy on to the community of Halbur, through HU, which allows kids to be able to pursue their dreams at college has been very rewarding.

“Each year it is very evident how much that HU has an effect on the Halbur community. The HU fundraiser for these scholarships is bowling and Fun(d) Night. It’s so fun to have some of the past scholarship recipients come back and bowl and participate in this event knowing that their donations that day are going to help another child in the community further their college education.”

In the Halbur family, Ross graduated from Kuemper in 2008 and attended both DMACC in Ankeny and Western Iowa Tech Community College in Sioux City, and Chris graduated from Kuemper in 2013 and South Dakota State University in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in ag business. Cole plans to attend DMACC in Ankeny to study criminal justice.

“We are seeing the next generation of children in the Halbur community receive a scholarship, just like their parents did many years ago. What a testament for the town of Halbur and HU,” Faye says.

Julie Sibbel says of the HU program, “They are making opportunities happen for these kids by having the foresight that they would need financial support in their college aspirations. It is something special.”

Sibbel particularly likes the scholarship’s community-service requirement.

“That’s important that the students understand community is really important, and to have that connection always is really good,” she said.

Carli Sibbel graduated Sunday and plans to attend Briar Cliff University in Sioux City to study radiology. Her older siblings, who received HU Scholarships, are: Kellie, 2004, Kuemper, attended Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, now a certified occupational therapy assistant for Rehabacare in the Urbandale area; Rebecca “Becky,” 2006, Kuemper, attended Drake University in Des Moines, now a doctor of pharmacy and employed at Lincoln Highway Pharmacy/Clinic Pharmacy in Carroll; Timothy “Tim,” 2017, Kuemper, attending Morningside College in Sioux City, studying computer science, business and agriculture; and Hannah, 2017, Kuemper, attending Morningside College in Sioux City, studying elementary education and special education.

Sibbel noted that graduates come back to participate in the Halbur U. Events and rally behind the program.

“It’s kind of a celebration, too, of who they are and what they’ve accomplished,” she said.