Area Student Selected for Mizzou 39 Award


In the spirit of service that was the cornerstone of the 1839 founding of the University of Missouri, the Mizzou Alumni Association Student Board presents the Mizzou ’39 Award to 39 outstanding seniors each year.

This year Elizabeth Trower from Perry, Missouri, was selected for this honor.  She is a journalism major and a honor student.  Elizabeth was selected in 2021 for the GRT’s .Chuck and Ina Rae Brazeale  $1000 Scholarship.  GRT is delighted that one of our scholarship selections was awarded the 2024 Mizzou 39 award.

2024 Mizzou 18 AND 39 AWARD WINNERS

GRT and MAA Sponsored Campus Tour

On November 14, 2023, Great River Tigers Alumni Association in conjunction with MAA sponsored a campus tour at the Columbia campus for juniors and seniors from Hannibal High School. Students toured the campus, visited departments they were interested in, and ate lunch at a dorm cafeteria.  Later that day they ate pizza at Shakespeare’s pizza before going to a girls’ basketball game.  They saw Mizzou beat North Alabama 83-72.


GRT Scholarship Winners Announced for 2023

  $1000 Merit Scholarships 

Incoming Students

From left to right -MAA 4 year renewable scholarship being presented by Al Kennett to  Alondra Martin, Hannibal,MO; the Chuck and Ina Rae Brazeale Scholarship being present by Chuck to Adelynn Palmer, Center, MO; and the Ron and Mary Jo Deters Scholarship is being presented by Al Kennett to Isabella Bickhaus

A GRT Scholarship is being presented by Al Kennett to Michael Hark, Hannibal. MO, and other GRT scholarship winners not pictured include Rose McKim, Hannibal, MO; and Summer Ramsey, Carthage, IL.

Returning Students

From left to right-the Lew Mar Foundation Scholarship is being presented by Al Kennett to Corder Lehenbauer, Palmyra, MO; a GRT Scholarship is being presented to Alexis Lloyd, Monroe City, MO by Al Kennett, and the Jerry and Carla Schoenborn Endowment is being presented by Jerry and Carla to Zoe Porter, Canton, MO.

A GRT Scholarship is being presented to Ryan Turnbull, Quincy, IL by Al Kennett and  not pictured winning a GRT Scholarship is  Abby Springer, Pittsfield, IL.

$500 Luck of the Draw Winners

From left to right-A scholarship sponsored by Fiddlesticks is being presented by Al Kennett to Carlee Long from Paris, MO; a scholarship by Fretwell & Associates Real Estate is being presented to Preston Eckler, Center, MO by and a scholarship in memory of Troy Disselhorst is being presented by  Emily Disselhorst to Caleb Juette, Palmyra, MO.

From left to right-The Gary and Cathy Fesler Scholarship is being presented by Cathy Fesler to Conner Echler, Center, MO; the Al and Linda Kennett Scholarship is being presented to Bailey Dean, Quincy,IL by Al Kennett; and the Greg Sharpe, Sharpe Seeds Scholarship is being presented to Chase Golddanger, Palymyra, MO by Ken Disselhorst.

From left to right-the Jared and Gina Pontius Scholarship is being presented to Addison Zanger, Quincy, IL by Al Kennett; the Richard and Linda Syrcle Scholarship is being presented by Richard and Linda to Jose Juarez, Palmyra, MO; and the Rex and Roger Nelson Scholarship is being presented by Rex and Roger to Tucker Bobbette, Laddonia,MO.

Left to right-the Jerry and Carla Schoenborn Scholarship is being presented by Jerry and Carla to Bronson Juette, Palmyra, MO; the  Judge Rachel Bringer Shepherd Scholarship is being presented by Rachel to Ian McAffee from Springfield, IL; and the Mac and Pam Wilt Scholarship is being presented by Mac to Kaden Malone, Palmyra, MO.

From left to right-The US Wellness Meats Scholarship is being presented by Jennifer Wood to Cole Herman;,Quincy, IL; the Schmiedeskamp, Robertson, New, & Mitchel Scholarship is being presented by John Longlett and Mike Bickhaus to Jon Lundberg Palmyra, MO; and the Carolyn Henry Scholarship is being presented by Carolyn to Cooper Hinkle,Taylor, MO.

GRT Student Summer Send Off 2023

Jackson Park Golf Course in Palmyra was the setting of the 11th  Annual GRT Summer Send Off on July 22, 2023.  Our featured speaker was  Carolyn Henry who is dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine. She gave a breakdown of the number and type of students going to vet school and also emphasized that there is a shortage of veterinarians especially in rural areas encouraging our students attending to consider that profession.

This year 165 people attended including 47 students vying for our Luck of the Draw Raffle for 14 $500 scholarships.  Dr Henry surprised the crowd by donating another $500 scholarship in her name.  GRT also recognized the 11 students that received merit $1000 scholarships earlier in the year. This year GRT presented $!8,500 in scholarships

Deal of a LifeTime


The Mizzou Alumni Association is offering discounts on memberships and life memberships until the end of June when prices will increase.  If you are thinking of joining MAA, this is the time. You will strengthen your connection to Mizzou by becoming a member of the Mizzou Alumni Association and your local chapter, Great River Tigers.

Life Memberships…

  • provide a base of support for the university we love.
  • preserve our grand traditions for generations to come.
  • ensure you always stay connected to fellow Tigers.
  • grant you exclusive or early access to Mizzou merchandise.
  • are convenient — you’ll never have to remember to pay dues again!

New life members receive…

  • the MAA Life Member kit
    • includes license plate frame, key tag, lapel pin and permanent member card
  • Recognition in MIZZOU magazine
  • Special access to merchandise and collectibles

If you’ve been considering a life membership, now is the time to act!

  • Rates will never be lower than they are today.
  • Right now…
    • Tigers 65 and older receive 50% off
    • Current students receive 50% off
    • Recent grads (within 3 years) receive 40% off
    • Loyal (5+ years) annual members receive 20% off
    • Standard members can take advantage of current rates before the increase
  • Interest-free payment plans are also available.
    • As long as you commit by June 30, your pricing is locked in.


The final day to lock in this lower pricing is June 30, 2023. Visit Mizzou Alumni Association – MAA Membership  to become a life member today!



Watch Party March 4 at 2;30

Mizzou vs. Ole Miss

Men’s Basketball Watch Party

                                                                                                                                        Saturday, March 4

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                                                                                                                          Sticks N Stones Steak and Tap | MAP

                                                                                                                                211 Munger Ln | Hannibal, MO

Mizzou Giving Day March 8-Noon on March 9


Mizzou Giving Day this year is March 8-noon on March 9.  The direct link to GRT is open and will remain so until Thursday at noon. All money donated will go for scholarships to be used by the Great River Tigers. Also this year there is a challenge to receive another scholarship.

Mizzou Alumni Association Scholarship Challenge
You’ll find Tigers all across the nation… but which Mizzou Alumni Association group has the loudest roar? Our MAA groups are having a friendly competition; the three groups with the highest number of individual donors will earn an additional $1,000 for their scholarship funds! Gifts of any amount made to a group’s scholarship fund will count towards this challenge.
Claire Bartley is one of the 12 local students that received a $1000 merit scholarship.  There were also 12 students that received $500 scholarships.





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,


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