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 –

GRT Membership Drive February -April 1


Great River Tigers is rallying all friends, parents, and alumni to join MAA.  You can join or renew your MAA membership and help GRT meet the requirements for our organization. Last year GRT gave out over $10,000 in scholarships for new and returning students.  In 2022 we will award 12 $1,000 scholarships and 10-12 $500 scholarships. A portion of these funds comes from MAA memberships in our GRT area.

The link to joining online is:

The link to getting an application to fill out and mail is:

The  appeal code to let the MAA know that GRT is the organization responsible for recruiting you is CMT.

The four main reasons for joining can be summarized into four areas. By following the following link you can see what each of these involve:

  • Engage
  • Save
  • Connect
  • Support

Great River Tigers Board Met February 1st

The  Great River Tigers Board met February 1, 2022, by Zoom.  The following items were discussed.

  • We discussed the Summer Send-Off and decided that August 23rd will be the date unless we have to change to accommodate a speaker.  A speaker was discussed.  The softball coach was discussed as well as the new Athletic Director.  Al was going to look into the possibility of getting one of those..
  • Giving Day this year is from noon on March 9th to noon on March10th.  In the past the MUAA has done a match of funds donated.  That will not be happening this year.  We decided that we will continue to urge people to donate on Giving Day to GRT.  Everyone on the board will contact the ones they contacted last year.
  • The board decided to participate this quarter in the Membership Campaign.  We will be trying to get new members in February and March.  Our president will contact Morgan about our particpation..
  • The board also discussed how many scholarships we will be giving to the merit scholars that are selected in February. We already have money for 4 scholarships. The board decided to give ten merit scholarships.

Student Send-Off

The Great River Tigers Alumni Association held their 9th annual Student Send-Off on July 24th, 2021 at Jackson Park Golf Course in Palmyra, Mo.

This year GRT gave away 11 $500 scholarships by luck of the draw.  GRT has already awarded this year $13,000 dollars in merit scholarships to 10 students from our area Over the past 9 years, GRT has awarded over $83,000 to 81 students.

This year GRT was honored to have as their speaker Dr. Bill Stackman, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs on the UMC campus.  Stackman joined the university in 2019 coming from he University of Notre Dame, where he served as associate vice president for student services.

$1000 Merit scholarships   Sponsors $500 Luck of the Draw Scholarships  Sponsors
Kelsey Duke Mizzou Alumni 4 year Renewable Scholarship Victoria Singh Rachel Bringer Sheppard
Sam Wheeler Lew Mar Foundation Scholarship Kaden Malone Jared and Gina Pontius
Elizabeth Trower Chuck and Ina Rae Brazeale Scholarship Victoria Bickhaus Fiddlesticks
Grace Krigbaum Ron Dedert Scholarship Evan Wallace Disselhorst Family in memory of Troy Disselhorst
Riley Quinn GRT Scholarship Matthew Nussbaum Jerry and Carla Schoeborn
Leah Jennings GRT Scholarship Logan Bower Schmiediskamp, Robertson, Neu, &Miller Law Firm
Emma Deien GRT Scholarship Brady Barnett Greg Sharpe Seed
Kyle Rademan GRT Scholarship Janine Jamoner Mike and Kristine Bickhaus
Blake Hays GRT Scholarship Charlie Vitt Gary and Kathy Fesler
Delaney Miller GRT Scholarship Scarlett Burton Fretwell and Associate Real Estate
Mason Burch Al and Linda Kennett


Kelsey Duke

Elizabeth Trower

Sam Wheeler




MU Giving Day March 10-March 11

Mizzou Giving Day this year is between noon on Wednesday March 10 to noon on Thursday, March 11.  The  Mizzou Alumni Association is challenging the local chapters to fund raise for student scholarships.  The money raised will be deposited in the organization’s spendable scholarship account.


• Up to $100 will be matched for each unique donor.
• The minimum contribution amount per donor is $10.
• Gifts larger than $100 are encouraged, but only the first $100 per donor will be matched.
• Donations must be designated to an eligible affiliated MAA organization. Direct link to Great River Tigers Giving Day
• The matching limit is applied to the individual donor that makes the gift. Gifts made on behalf of another person are welcome, but the matching limit will apply                 to the person making the donation. A husband and wife may each make a $100 donation and use the same credit card.

Great River Tigers gives out a number of scholarships each year.  One of our scholarship winners is featured below.

      • Name: Amelia Jones
      • Hometown: Palmyra, MO
      • Major: Business Management
      • Quote:  While I still have to have a job while at school to pay for rent, this scholarship has helped me cover my tuition costs. I’ve been able to attend more social events, be more engaged in my classes, and be on leadership teams because this scholarship covered my heavier expenses. Without this scholarship, I would have missed out on many of these experiences that I am extremely grateful for.


Mizzou Homecoming October 17

10/14, 6 PM CT | Virtual Tailgate Cooking Demo

10/15, 6 PM CT | Virtual Spirit Rally

10/16, NOON CT | Mizzou Hall of Fame Virtual Ceremony

10/17 | Homecoming Game 📍 FAUROT FIELD

GRT Board Plans Virtual Summer Send-Off

Morgan Kopitsky hosted our Zoom meeting to plan for the Summer Send-OFF on July 16th.  She showed us what she planned to do during the Zoom event.  She plans on break out rooms, a trivia game, introduction of each student present, a pop in guest suprise, and the drawing of names for the scholarships that we will be giving away.

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