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.


Leadership Weekend 2019

Ken Disselhorst attended the Mizzou Alumni Association leadership \weekend that took place September 12-14, 2019.  He was one of 200 attendees..The group was able to tour the new south end zone Faurot Field.  The above picture was taken in front of the facility and with the tiger.

The group heard from Board of Curators Chair and Tiger Basketball legend Jon Sundvold.  Ideas were exchanged among fellow alumni leaders, and  awards were presented to various leaders and alumni groups.  Great River Tigers were recognized for their promotion of membership in the alumni association during their summer sendoff.  .


GRT Board Set 2020 Student Send-Off

On August 21, 2019, the Great River Tigers board members met at the Patio in Quincy, Illinois.  The following items were discussed:

  • Ken Disselhorst will attend the Leadership Conference in Columbia, Mo in September
  • A football watch party in Hannibal on November 9 against Georgia was discussed
  • Summer Send Off for next year was discussed and Saturday July 25 was set as the date.
  • A vote was taken to elect  officers for the coming year.
    • Ken Disselhorst–President
    • Richard Syrcle-Vice-President
    • McKenzie Disselshorst-Secretary
    • Kathy Fesler-Treasurer

GRT Gives $12,000 in Scholarships

The Great River Tigers gave out $12,000 in scholarships to 17 Mizzou students.  Congratulations.  Names are listed randomly.  

$1000 Merit Winners:  Incoming Students-Garrett Catron, Della Rodenbaugh, Maddie Janes, and Laueryn Hinthorne (not pictured)

Returning Students-Keller Shewell, Abby Laws, and Madison Kim(not pictured.)

Luck of the Draw $500 Scholarship Winners:  Emily  Dehner, Kyler Rademan, Olivia Foreman, Suzanne Wetton, Aubry Boulware

Kale Flaspohler, Adam Albright,,Trevor Straton and Scot Roberts

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