Easter Family Scholarship

Easter scholarship recipients

The Easter Family Scholarship, established in 2018 by Professor Emeritus K. William (Bill) Easter and his wife Carolyn, was created to support our undergraduates studying Applied Economics with a preference for students interested in natural resource economics.

“This is my way of giving back to the department where I had the great opportunity to work for 42 years. I helped my grandchildren attend college, and I want to help even more students,” said Bill.

The first two scholarship recipients were Applied Economics students Eric Schmid and Jonathon Goettl.

“The Easter Family Scholarship is not only a financial relief but also brings me great pride and a sense of place within the Department of Applied Economics,” said Eric Schmid, a double major in Political Science and Applied Economics.  He continued: “the material I’ve learned has made me eager to apply myself somewhere in the real world to ignite change and practice my values.”

“Knowing that someone cares about the students studying environmental economics inspired me, and now I want to inspire other people to care about it too,” said Jonathon Goettl.

Eric and Jonathon had an opportunity to meet Bill and Carolyn and to learn about Bill’s long career.  We are looking forward to seeing where Eric’s and Jonathon’s paths take them.