Karen Wyckoff Award in Politics

Honoring the memory of Karen Wyckoff, class of 1998, this monetary award, established by the Willamette University Politics Department, is presented to a graduating senior for outstanding academic achievement.

While a Willamette University, Karen was an active member of the campus and community. Socially conscious, she was involved in Habitat for Humanity and played a vital role in bringing the AIDS quilt to campus. After graduation, Karen joined the Lutheran Volunteer Corps and worked for Legal Aid in North Minneapolis. In the fall of 1999, Karen returned to her home state of Minnesota, only to find out her cancer had returned. Karen spent the next two years fighting her battle against cancer, while keeping everyone's spirits up, including her own, and continuing her lifelong struggle to change the world.

Two months before Karen's death from Synovial Sarcoma, she conceived and coordinated the First Annual Rein in Sarcoma event, which led to the establishment of the Karen Wyckoff Rein in Sarcoma Fund. Information about this Fund can be found at http://www.reininsarcoma.org.

Karen Wyckoff - 1993

Past Winners

2012-2013
Lindsay Cason, Maxwell Mensinger & Amy Mills

2011-2012
Sarah Worthing

2010-2011
Edward McGlone
Kevin Lynn
Scott Klein
Maida Rubin

2009-2010
Michael Dougal

2008-2009
MaryAnn Almeida
Andrew Miller

2007-2008
Colin Dailey
Matthew Bolstad

2006-2007
Katheryn Hinkle
Paul Teicher

2005-2006
Nathanael Stice

2004-2005
Tara Jackson

2003-2004
Sarah Abe
Alexander Dukalskis

2002-2003
William Stafford

2001-2002
Tommy Ziemer

2000-2001
Inga Lintvedt

1999-2000
Erik Van Hagen
Jakob Lutkavage-Dvorscak