Presented each year at Homecoming, the Alumni Service Award recognizes an alumna/us who has made outstanding volunteer service contributions to Colby-Sawyer and to the public on either a local, national or international level.
Jean Cragin Ingwersen received her associate’s degree in arts and sciences from Colby Junior College in 1954. Following college, she enjoyed a career in human resources at Harvard University and eventually as an auctioneer and appraiser of fine arts.
Throughout the years she has been a loyal and engaged alumna. She has served as a member of the President’s Alumni Advisory Council since its inception in 2005. She has participated in numerous Colby-Sawyer events and programs. Jean was especially proud to co-chair her 50th Reunion with her good friend and classmate the late Anne Dwyer Milne. Jean has generously supported her college over the years, making gifts to the Colby-Sawyer Fund and the new Center for Art + Design. She is also a member of the college’s Heritage Society, which recognizes and honors individuals who have provided for Colby-Sawyer in their estate plans. For the last 3 years Jean has generously provided funding to support student internships. Thanks to Jean 29 students have received grants that allowed them to accept unpaid internship opportunities around the country and throughout the world. These grants provide students wonderful opportunities to explore career fields and gain valuable experience that they might not have been able to without the grant support.
Volunteerism has been central to Jean’s life for years. These days, Jean is very active at River Woods in Exeter, her retirement community. She is a member of the welcoming committee, the library committee, and the garden and grounds committee. Additionally, she served as treasurer for 3 years and is head of the art committee. Jean is also a member of the Outreach committee in her town, which works to collect food, clothing and school items for families in need.