Scott Bennion and Des Bennion
Des Bennion’s Story of Giving
The Des Bennion Family Scholarship
I have lived in Casper all of my life. I went to school at Brigham Young University and returned for a single semester at Casper College. Of all my college semesters, being at Casper College was one of my best college experiences. I had outstanding teachers. BYU had big classes where it was easy to go unnoticed, compared to Casper College where I had intuitive instructors like Mike Sarvey and Jane Katherman who recognized my potential and would not let me slide. Thanks to Casper College I was a better student when I returned to finish my studies at BYU.
When I graduated from BYU and came back home to Casper, Casper College became a part of my family. My wife, Carrie (Cottrell) Bennion (AS, ’81) and I have continued to support the arts, the T-birds, and educational programs of Casper College throughout the years.
I see Casper College as a pillar of our community. It is a draw for residents both educationally, socially and economically. It is a good place for students to receive an education before moving on in life or on to future educational goals. My brother Scott Bennion (AS, ’68), who received his associate degree from Casper College went on to become a doctor in the Army and now has his dermatology business here in Casper. He has also been a member of the Casper College District Board of Trustees since 2000. I took over my father’s business, The Bon Agency Insurance, which is now the oldest family-owned agency in the state of Wyoming. All of this got its beginnings at Casper College.
When my father passed away, we decided as a family to start the Des Bennion Family Scholarship in his honor. He valued education and always felt that education was a way to get ahead in life and give back to society and family. Scholarships help ease the financial burden on students. It’s a joy receiving letters from students in hopes that in some small way the Des Bennion Scholarship can make a difference. I remember being a student and struggling to pay for my next semester of school. I received a scholarship which made it possible for me to continue on with my education.
Casper College is still “The Great Institution on the Hill.” I love seeing young people attend Casper College as they start out on their college education path. Casper College has always had a reputation of having a highly qualified and talented teaching staff. As time goes on and things change, I still hear people brag about the instructors both past and present at the college. I consider Casper College a family and part of our family.
I hope that our Des Bennion Family Scholarship will help instill the message in student’s minds that our father instilled in each of us, “to do your best and be the best with a hope of giving something back.” That is a legacy we received from him and the legacy he would want to pass on.