The Eastern Wyoming College Foundation, together with a Casper oncology clinic, has created a scholarship honoring an EWC graduate who died in a car crash earlier this year.
Nathan Pieper, a Casper native and Natrona County High School Mustang, graduated from the college in 2016 with a degree in agricultural business. He was repeatedly on the honor roll at the college. He was working toward a mechanical engineering degree at the University of Wyoming when he died in March. He was 22.
The scholarship, which was named for Pieper, will “provide help to those majoring in agriculture” at EWC, according to a college press release.
The award was started by the staff and doctors at Rocky Mountain Oncology, where Pieper’s mother has worked for the past eight years. Matching funds were provided by the college’s foundation, and the scholarship’s endowment is now at $21,000.
The physicians at the clinic “wanted the Pieper family to know we were deeply saddened by the lost of their son,” Dr. Robert Tobin wrote in the press release. “At the same time, we wanted to help provide a positive memorial to Nathan’s name and his memory.”
Pieper’s mother, Mary Kay, said the family quickly selected EWC as the recipient of the scholarship because of the impact it had on Pieper’s life.
“The college has a great deal of talented and dedicated faculty,” she said in the release. “As donors, we hope to help ease the financial burden of college education for years to come.”
Pieper was beloved by many of his instructors at EWC. He was described as a “constant bright presence” by the director of the tutoring center, Court Merrigan.
“Nathan was one of those students who lit up the room, had an infectious smile, and gave 100 percent. He was exceptionally bright and talented,” his former public speaking instructor, John Hansen, said in the press release.
Those interested in contributing to the scholarship fund should reach out to the EWC’s Office of Development at 532-8397.