GRT Arranged Tour of Mizzou Campus For Local Juniors and Seniors

Ken Disselthorst, vice-president of Great River Tigers Alumni Association, arranged a campus tour for interested juniors and seniors from  Ralls County R-II, Center, MO; Palmyra R-II, Palmyra, MO; and Marion County R-II, Philadelphia, MO. Thirty interested students made the trip.  The students started  at the Reynolds Alumni Center with an orientation by the admission’s office, had lunch in a campus dorm cafeteria, then had a campus tour, followed by visits to different colleges such as CAFNR, Business, Nursing, Journalism, and Health Sciences.

GRT treated the students and chaperones to pizza at Shakespeare’s Pizza that evening.  Three members of the Mizzou student alumni association answered questions from the high school students at Shakespeare’s.

To finish the day the students attended a girl’s basketball game compliments of Mizzou Athletics.  Palmyra School district provided the bus and driver.

2022 Scholarship Winners

Merit Scholarships

From left to right:  Sarah Bockhold  presenting Carrie Long the scholarship. Chuck and Ina Rae Brazeale  presenting their $1000 scholarship to Chris Ebbesmeyer, and Jerry and Carla Schoenborn presenting the GRT endowment scholarship to Shayla Young.


From left to right:  Sarah Bockhold  presenting the GRT Scholarship to Claire Bartley., Sarah presenting the GRT scholarship to Abby Baumann,  and Sarah presenting the GRT Scholarship to Preston Eckler.  Other scholarship winners not pictured include the  Ron Dedert memorial — Luke Chevalier; Lew-Mar Foundation scholarship — Kayla Spence, the 4-year renewable MAA scholarship- Kaylee Spencer, and GRT Scholarships-Hallie Ray, Savannah Utterback, ;and Kristen Devine.

Luck of the Draw Scholarships

From left to right: Emily Disselhorst  presenting the Troy Disselhorst Memorial Scholarship to Scarlett Burton, Sarah  presenting the Fiddlestiks Scholarship to Page Lannerd,..Sarah  presenting the Fretwell and Associates Real Estate  Scholarship to Jackson Lundberg.

From left to right:  Sarah presenting the Gary and Cathy Fesler scholarship to Chase Goldinger. Sarah  presenting the Jared and Gina Pontius  Scholarship to Josh Dyer, and Jerry and Carla Schoenborn presenting their $500 to Boyd Triplett.

From left to right: Al Kennett presenting the Al and Linda Kennett Scholarship to Victoria Singh, Mac and Pam Wilt  presenting their $500 to Kaden Malone, and Sarah presenting the Sharpe Seeds, Ewing, MO scholarship to Zildjian Smashey,

From left to right: Rachel Bringer Shepard presenting her scholarship to Alison Ross, Richard and Linda Syrcle presenting their scholarship to Georgia Robbearts,  and Sarah presenting the Schmiedeskamp, Robertson, Neu and Mitchel Law Firm Scholarship to Nick Mudd,


GRT Summer Bash and Come Home Tour 2022


Scholarship Winners

On July 23, 2022, Great River Tigers hosted their annual Summer Bash and this year added the Come Home Tour.  There were 38 students in attendance at our event plus 160 community members..  Twelve students had already been selected as $1000 scholarship winners earlier based on scholarship, community activities, participation in school events, and work experience.  On the 23rd 12 names were drawn from random to receive a $500 scholarship.  In total GRT gave $18,000 in scholarships to incoming students, returning students, and graduate students.

This year Great River Tigers was fortunate to host the Athletic Department’s Come Home Tour. Mizzou’s new athletic director, Desiree Reed-Francois, spoke to the crowd as well as the softball coach, Larissa Anderson, and volley ball coach, Joshua Taylor.

The speakers also upheld the tradition of serving the food.

Regan Ragsdale Chosen as Mizzou 39


The Mizzou Alumni Association announced the 2022 18 and 39 winners this year on March 25th.  Regan Ragsdale was one of the winners, and she is from Paris, Mo.  In 2018 GRT awarded her the Lew Mar Foundation $1000 Scholarship. Lew Mar Scholarships are given to students interested in agriculture.  Congratulations Ragan.



GRT Board Meets April 6

On April 6, 2022, the GRT Board had a Zoom meeting .  The board discussed::

  • The Summer Send-Off will be July 23, 2022 at the golf course in Palmyra, Mo.
  • GRT will also be incorporating the Missouri Go Home Tour into our Summer Event
  • The Athletic Department will send a coach to speak at our event.  We will know who when we get closer to the event
  • Donors were discussed and who would contact them.  Checks will need to be sent to Jerry or deposited in the bank in Hannibal and the deposit sent to Jerry.
  • Al will be checking into renting the tent.
  • Morgan Kopitsky attended our meeting by Zoom. She helped us figure out if we had met all of our requirements for Columns and Capstone.
  • The new scholarship picks were announced to our group.
  • Ken Disselhorst will be our nominee for an MAA Award and McKenzie and Al will be responsible for getting that written and submitted.

GRT Scholarship Winner


“This scholarship has inspired me to work harder than ever to earn good grades, be involved, and help the Mizzou community any way that I can.”

Emma Deien, a returning student, is one of the merit scholars that was chosen by our scholarship committee.  Money donated on Giving Day helps make the GRT Scholarships possible.






Giving Day-March 9th to March 10th





#MizzouGivingDay is coming up March 9-10, noon-noon CT! Help us Raise the Roar by making a gift to Great River Tigers.  All money that we raise goes to scholarships for new and returning students.  GRT gave out over $10,000 in scholarships to  Mizzou students last year. In 2022 we will award 12 $1,000 scholarships and 10-12 $500 scholarships. Participate in Giving Day and give to GRT at the following web page –

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