Norman H. and Lois (Niemann) Pooker

Norman H. and Lois (Niemann) Pooker

In recognition of the life, leadership and legacy of Matthew John Pooker, beloved son of Norman H. and Lois E. Pooker and brother of Rebecca Pooker, the Pooker family, along with their extended family of friends, have chosen to establish the Pooker Family Endowed Scholarship in Memory of Matthew John Pooker at the Missouri University of Science and Technology.

This scholarship honors the memory of Missouri S&T alumnus Matthew Pooker, who earned his bachelor’s degree in 2005 and master’s degree in 2006, both in civil engineering. Matthew was a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and a partner in Pooker Excavating and Grading LLC, Festus, Missouri. He was a project manager for Penzel Construction Company, Jackson, Missouri, and died in a job-related accident on May 7, 2012.

A native of Festus and 2001 graduate of Hillsboro High School, Matthew was born on December 7, 1982. He was a confirmed member of the Zion Lutheran Church in Hillsboro and an avid outdoorsman and hunter. The Pooker Family Scholarship also honors Matthew’s father, Norman H. Pooker (CE’74), owner of Pooker Excavating and Grading LLC, and Rebecca Pooker (CE’11).

In keeping with the wishes of Matthew’s family and friends, annual earnings of the Pooker Family Endowed Scholarship in Memory of Matthew John Pooker shall be awarded to undergraduate students with financial need majoring in civil engineering, with first preference given to graduates of high schools in Jefferson County, Missouri. Through their generosity in establishing this permanent source of financial support for aspiring engineers, the legacy of Norman, Matthew and Rebecca will strengthen the profession they love for generations to come.