CASPER, WU – Casper College announced on Sunday that a new scholarship has been created in memory of Joa El Sasser to support students studying construction management, business or entrepreneurship.
A father of five, Kelly Walsh High School graduate, former Marine and founder of Grizzly Excavating and Construction, Sasser passed away in 2020. His family established the scholarship in his name and memory “to provide recipients with a college start and maintain Goa’s belief in providing and helping those who need help.” Casper College said.
“Goa often hired people who needed jobs and even offered them a place to stay in our house if needed,” Goa’s brother Colton said in the college announcement. “He often wished he had gone to college because he thought education would have helped him avoid making mistakes and having to learn the hard way.”
The ad said Sasser joined the Marine Corps immediately after graduating from KWHS and served from 1992 to 1996.
“After returning to Casper, he started a family and knew he had to do something to support his wife and five children,” Colton said. “He founded Grizzly Excavating and Construction in 2005, and his business is starting to grow rapidly.”
The new Joa L. Sasser Scholarship will give preference to Casper College students who are also veterans and residents of Wyoming. It will be made available to one student in the fall and spring semesters.
“To qualify, students must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 and be enrolled in at least six credit hours,” Casper College said. “…to apply for this and other Casper College scholarships, go to caspercollege.edu/financial-aid/scholarships/foundation-institution.”