Owen Lewer

Class Year



Waseca, Minnesota





Sometimes career inspiration strikes in strange places — even a hospital bed.

Owen Lewer ’20 suffered a seizure at age 9. After a series of tests, doctors discovered a benign tumor on the right side of his brain.

After doctors successfully removed the tumor, Owen had a strong idea of what he wanted to do in his life.

“My doctors and surgeons were outstanding and made me want to do the same thing for someone else,” he wrote in a thank you letter to Carthage trustees after being awarded a Hay Scholarship covering 75 percent of tuition.

Throughout high school, he met roadblocks as he tried to dive deeper into the field of biology. His school offered no advanced programs, so he lined up an independent study in anatomy and physiology and participated in Science Olympiad.

Carthage stood out in Owen’s college search, offering what he considers the best preparation for medical school. Rather than funneling pre-health students into specific tracks, Carthage exposes them to a cross-section of the basic sciences and laboratory skills to maximize their adaptability.

“I want to help make families healthier in places where it is hard for them to find quality care.”

Owen Lewer, ’20

Career goal

Owen wants to become a doctor. His dream is to work at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota — the very hospital that he was admitted to after doctors found a benign tumor on the right side of his brain when he was just 9 years old. 

Campus involvement

He plays the euphonium, a large brass instrument, in the Wind Orchestra. Led by Professor James Ripley, the orchestra spent J-Term 2017 in Japan for a study and performance tour. In January 2018, Owen plans to travel to Guatemala as part of a Spanish language immersion course.

Opportunities at Carthage

Owen joined Professor Deborah Tobiason for a research project in the budding field of synthetic biology. He also works as a tutor in Molecules, Cells, and Organisms, an innovative first-year biology course that contributes to ongoing genomics research.

Owen has made a commitment to service, too. He serves on the executive board for the campus Habitat for Humanity chapter and traveled with the Carthage team to New Mexico work sites during spring break. Owen also joined Delta Upsilon International Fraternity and received a chair position in his first active semester.


Recipient of a Presidential Scholarship, specifically the Hay Scholarship that covers 75 percent of tuition. 

Why Carthage?

Why Carthage?


My Carthage Scholarship Story

“My doctors and surgeons were outstanding and made me want to do the same thing for someone else,” says Owen Lewer ’20. Now he’s studying biology with plans for medical school, thanks to his 75% tuition Carthage Scholarship.