Jerry and Reba Sibley Horticulture Scholarship

A conversation with Jerry Sibley.

Why did you choose to create a scholarship at Auburn University?
We wished to honor a student in horticulture and to recognize the importance of horticulture in Alabama. Studies in horticulture will always be important because of the importance of creating pleasing environments. Probably more important is the knowledge gained in order to produce our future food needs.

Tell us about your Auburn story, favorite tradition, a “War Eagle!” moment, or what Auburn has meant to you.
Being a graduate of Auburn University is something that cannot be taken from you. My grandfather wished for his offspring to have a good education. He would be proud to know that 31 of his grandsons, granddaughters, great-great grandsons and granddaughters and great-great-great grandsons and granddaughters are Auburn graduates. This is most likely a record for one family for Auburn graduates. There are at least 6-9 more that will eventually come to Auburn. Grandaddy Sibley only had one offspring to go to University of Alabama.

What do you hope your recipients gain through this scholarship?
We hope they gain a great love for Auburn University and the “Auburn Family.”