Tony Buzzetti grew up in rural Iowa and he stated he will always remember the opportunity he was to attend Ellsworth Community College. He returned from serving in the U. S. Army and enrolled at Ellsworth Community College to continue his pursuit of becoming a veterinarian. Ellsworth had been highly recommended by several of my highschool friends and he decided it was a good place for him to take as many of the prerequisite STEM classes as possible before transferring to Iowa State where he would subsequently complete his undergraduate and veterinary medicine education. The STEM classes at Ellsworth proved to be excellent! The education was personalized to meet his needs. The professors were passionate about teaching while offering individualized support and encouragement. One professor that stood out among the rest for him was Dr. Ronald D’Orazio. Dr. D’Orazio presented general chemistry, organic chemistry, quantitative and qualitative analysis to a relatively small class of STEM oriented students. He took complicated theory and process and made them understandable and amazingly, enjoyable. Through him Tony built the strong building blocks of his medical education and he gained the confidence that he needed to succeed at Iowa State University. In addition to being a gifted teacher he was also Tony’s friend. He always knew that he could count on him for wise direction and advice. As a result, the endowment that Tony and his wife gave to the STEM program at Ellsworth Community College is given in his honor. Their hope is that when future qualified STEM students receive a scholarship from the Dr. Ronald D’Orazio endowment, it will help to provide the opportunities needed to achieve their individual goals and dreams.