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.

Virtual Student Send-Off July 23

Due to the COVID-19 virus, the summer event was held virtually on Zoom  this year on Thursday, July 23.  Forty-five Mizzou students in the GRT area participated in the Send-Off along with GRT board members, donors, and parents..  Ken Disselhorst and his daughter Quinn drew the ten lucky winners.  Ten students received $500 scholarships.  Sara Bockhold also announced the winners of the $1000 merit scholarships.  This was the first year for the Ron Dedert Memorial Scholarship.  Ron was a founder of the Great River Chapter and passed away earlier this year.  The chapter decided to give a scholarship in his memory.  Listed below are all the winners..  This is the 8th year GRT has given away scholarships and in those 8 years has given away $83,000 !

                              $1000 Merit Scholarships                     $500 Luck of the Draw Scholarships
        Incoming Student                Sponsor                Student                Sponsor
  Amy Bryan MAA 4 yr $1000 renewable     Scot Roberts  Troy Disselhorst Memorial
  Faith Boylen  Ron Dedert Memorial     Emily Dehner   Fiddlesticks
  Ashlyn Eisele   GRT    Nathan Schutte  Jerry and Carl Schoenborn
  Emma Deien   GRT    Delanie Fohey   Jared and Gina Pontius
   Keller Shemwell   Rachel Bringer Shepherd
  Returning Student    Sponsor    Kaden Malone  Schmiedeskamp, Robertson                 Neu,& Mitchel
   Delaney Miller  GRT
   Aubry Boulware  GRT    Hanna Deien     GRT
   Kasen Rademan     GRT
  Maggie Schutte     GRT
  Shayna Young      GRT

The Send-Off this year was emceed by Morgan Kopitsky, liason from the MAA office.  Two current students presented information about True Tiger, which is the student alumni association.  They talked about the benefits and cost of belonging to this organization.  A game of Trivia was played by the students and students were put into rooms so they could get to know each other.

Women’s Head Basketball Coach Robin Pingeton was a surprise guest along with Jordan Frericks.

2020 GRT Scholarship Winners

The Great River Chapter of the Mizzou Alumni Association has announced the winners of the six $1000 scholarships.  The winners of the scholarships for incoming freshmen are Faith Boylen, Mt. Sterling, Il; Amy Bryan, Palmyra, Mo; Emma Deien, Hannibal, Mo; and Ashlyn Eisele, Perry, MO.

Returning students who received a scholarships are Delaney Miller , Paris, Mo and Aubry Boulware, Canton, MO.

MAA Scholarship Challenge June 1-12, 2020

The Mizzou Alumni Association is continuing the challenge to support student scholarships which was supposed to occur on Giving Day.  For every 10 unique donors to participating alumni groups, MAA will unlock an additional $500 contribution from the Mizzou Alumni Association.  This is a great opportunity to support the Great River Tigers Alumni Group scholarship fund

In order to count toward the Scholarship Challenge, gifts must be made –

      • Online until June 12 ,2020

        Make sure you donate to Great River Tigers.


• There is no limit to the matching contributions that groups can unlock.

• The minimum contribution amount per donor is $10.

• Each unique donor is counted once per organization.

• Individual donors from the same household who share banking/credit card info will count as unique donors. o Example: Stephanie and Alex are married alumni who share a bank account. Stephanie makes a gift of $25; Alex makes a separate $25 gift. They count as two unique donors to that organization.

• Donations made on behalf of others will not be counted in the challenge.

The Great River Tigers Alumni Association main mission is to award scholarships to Mizzou students.  Last year GRT gave out $12,000 in scholarships to 17 students.  This included 7 $1000 merit scholarships to incoming freshmen and returning students and 10 $500 luck of the draw scholarships given out at our Summer Send-Off.  Abbey Laws was a returning students who received a merit scholarship.

Basketball Watch Party January 25th


On January 25th 2020 the Great River Tigers hosted a watch party at Sticks and Stones in Hannibal, Missouri.  Several alumni gathered to watch he men’s basketball team play West Virginia.

GRT and MAA Sponsored Campus Visit

Great River Tigers Alumni Association and Mizzou Alumni Association sponsored a campus visit for juniors and seniors from Palmyra High School and Mark Twain High School on November 13, 2019.  The visit included a campus tour and visits to departments that students were interested in.  Lunch was provided  and the group had pizza at Shakespeare’s Pizza before going to the Mizzou women’s basketball game against the University of  Northern Iowa.

Football Watch Party November 9th


The Great River Tigers  sponsored a football watch party on November 9, 2019 at 6 pm at Native Grill and Wings located at 138 N Front St. Quincy, Illinois.  Thirty-seven people attended to cheer on the Tigers.


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