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Family establishes new Casper College scholarship in memory of former Marine, father and business founder Joa L. Sasser

Joa L. Sasser

CASPER, Wyo. — Casper College announced on Sunday that a new scholarship has been established in memory of Joa L. Sasser to support students studying construction management, business or entrepreneurship.

Sasser, a father of five, a Kelly Walsh High School graduate, former Marine and founder of Grizzly Excavating and Construction, died in 2020. His family established the scholarship in his name and memory “to provide recipients a head start for college and preserve Joa’s belief in providing for and helping those who need a hand up,” Casper College said.

“Joa often hired people who needed jobs and even offered them a place to stay in our home if necessary,” Joa’s brother Colton said in the college’s announcement. “He often wished that he had attended college because he believed that the education would have helped him to avoid making mistakes and having to learn the hard way.”

Sasser joined the Marine Corps immediately after graduating from KWHS and served from 1992-1996, according to the announcement.

“After returning to Casper, he started a family and knew he had to do something to provide for his wife and five children,” Colton said. “He founded Grizzly Excavating and Construction in 2005, and his business began to grow quickly.”

The new Joa L. Sasser scholarship will give preference to Casper College students who are also veterans and Wyoming residents. It will be provided to one student in both the fall and spring semester.

“To qualify, students must have a minimum 2.5 GPA and be enrolled in a minimum of six credit hours,” Casper College said. “To apply for this and other Casper College scholarships, go to caspercollege.edu/financial-aid/scholarships/foundation-institution.”