Those attending this year’s Mizzou Student Send-off event, hosted at the Jackson Park Golf Course in Palmyra by the Great River Tigers Chapter of the Mizzou Alumni Association, not only enjoyed a pork loin dinner and fellowship, but heard from two of the University’s leaders.

Oh, and they also saw the awarding of more than $12,000 in scholarships to area students from money raised by the chapter.

Dr. Chris Daubert, vice chancellor of the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, the event’s featured speaker, updated those attending on the college, which he said was enjoying strong growth and success.

A last-minute surprise attendee was MU Chancellor Alexander Cartwright, who gave a quick overview of the university, noting especially its student enrollment growth going into the new school year. 

Seven current and future students were awarded merit scholarships while another 10 students attending the event won randomly selected scholarships. 

Students who received merit scholarships were Keller Shemwell, Garrett Catron, Lauryn Hinthorne, Maddie Janes, Della Rodenbaugh, Madison Kim and Abbey Laws.

Winning the 10 randomly drawn scholarships were Nolan Wosman, Olivia Foreman, Kale Flaspohler, Trevor Stratton, Emily Dehner, Suzanne Everton, Aubry Boulware, Kyler Rademan, Adam Wright and Scot Roberts.

More than 40 current and future MU students attended Friday’s event.

In addition to the scholarships, the chapter awarded special recognition to Rachel Bringer-Shepherd, of Palmyra,  for her contribution to the chapter. The Great River Tigers Chapter includes members from northeast Missouri, and the Quincy, Ill. area.