Meet Our Scholars

KATE B.

High School: Denver East High School
Major: Journalism – Strategic Communications
Class
: 2021

One of the most common questions I am asked is, why Mizzou? When applying to colleges, I didn’t have a clear idea of what I was looking for, but I knew I wanted to be on a campus where I could find my own community. Not only does Mizzou offer different ways for me to get involved – such as Greek Life and playing intramural soccer – but it also embodies a strong sense of school spirit and pride. I have been able to be a part of three different schools and take advantage of new opportunities, such as studying abroad this spring in Barcelona.

The J-School itself has given me hands-on experience in my field and different avenues to pursue such as strategic communications. Through my involvement in Greek Life I have gained lifelong skills, such as leadership, as well as experience with philanthropy. Game days and working at the Mizzou Tennis Center have helped me be a part of Mizzou’s school spirit and support our athletic teams, as well as celebrating the tradition of Homecoming. At Mizzou, I have found both my community and my family. I am so thankful to be a part of this legacy in Colorado, and to be supported financially by the Rocky Mountain Tigers to continue my education.

Thank you to the Mizzou Alumni Association for supporting my studies. The school pride I encounter within the Mizzou community is unmatched, and your generosity pushes me to excel further as I continue my education. Thank you! M-I-Z!


LEXI C.

High School: Arapahoe High School
Major: Journalism – Strategic Communications
Class
: 2021

As a senior, I’ve encountered the question of “why Mizzou?” countless times. Each time I answer, I’m reminded of the expectations I had set and how Mizzou has exceeded all of them. I chose Mizzou because I saw a place where people are talented, supportive, generous, and fun-loving. Every day, I am reminded that of this and grateful for my peers, professors, friends, and alumni. 

A big shoutout to my major- journalism, and minors- business & leadership for providing me with the experiences and resources to land my first job! Starting in June, I’ll be working for Mutual of Omaha as a sales trainee. I wouldn’t be where I am without the support of the Rocky Mountain Alumni Group and Mizzou.


TARYN F.

High School: Niwot High School
Major: Nursing
Class
: 2021

I’m at the end of my time at Mizzou, and while I am so sad to leave CoMo, I know my time at Mizzou has set me up for success! With the pandemic, I’m more excited than ever to graduate with my BSN from the Sinclair School of Nursing. I can’t wait to help people through these hard times, as true to the Missouri Method, I’ve had clinical experiences helping vaccinate the community. I’m so grateful for the hand on learning that is embedded into Mizzou’s foundation. While I used to be involved in a lot of organizations and programs, between the pandemic and 270 hours of clinical time, I’ve had to step away from many of the orgs. I will forever be grateful for the friends I made in STARS and the Wellbeing Peer Educators, and can’t wait to see what new Mizzou students bring to the table. I want to thank the generous donors of Rocky Mountain Tigers, their help has enabled me to stay involved on campus and in the CoMo community.


CALEB S.

High School: Eaglecrest High School
Major: Educational Studies & Black Studies
Class: 2022

My time at Mizzou has been a time of growth, leadership, and figuring out how to not only leave campus a better place than I found it,  but also society at large. During my undergraduate period, I’ve been a:
– Summer Welcome Leader: I led orientation to welcome incoming students and families to the university
– Legion of Black Collegians: I currently serve as vice president of the first and only Black student government in the country advocating for a more equitable institution in a society where systemic racism impacts so many
– Mizzou Black Men’s Initiative: I am a teaching assistants for an award-winning leadership development program for Black freshman males provided by the Gaines Oldham Black Culture Center

– McNair Scholar: I do undergraduate research on the value of Black life to historically white institutions, and where I help in the preparation for graduate school – which I hope to attend

I am thankful to the Rocky Mountain Tigers for seeing the value in the work I do on campus. This work isn’t easy and it’s not fun, but it is important and necessary work for those who wish to see more equitable and just society. I’d also like to thank the donors and alumni who make this possible. May we all continue to support programs and people who represent what it means to be leaders and who make us better as a society. Much Love.


JAKE R.

High School: Arapahoe High School
Major: Journalism – Strategic Communications
Class
: 2022

I have gotten involved with Mizzou student media as a member of the Board of Editors on The Maneater newspaper. Furthermore, I am a Founding Father of Pi Kappa Phi fraternity and served as the Vice President of Recruitment and a recruitment peer advisor at the national level. Currently, I am serving on a semester-long internship with the Office of Marketing at MU to create impactful COVID-related messaging to keep our campus safe.

I greatly appreciate every opportunity my donors have enabled me with to succeed in academics and extracurriculars. With their support, an education at this university becomes far more accessible and provides me with more fiscal freedom to involve myself as much as possible. Thank you so much for your generosity!


JULIANA M.

High School: Chaparral High School
Major: Business Administration
Class
: 2022

I hope to one day be on a sports marketing team (hopefully for the Broncos!) and get the opportunity to be around sports, which have been such a large part of my life and one of my passions for Mizzou! This upcoming summer, I have an internships in the Wine and Spirits industry as a sales intern and I am so incredibly excited to get the opportunity to test out something I may do in my future career! 

Through Alpha Chi Omega, I have participated in Homecoming, Greek Week, intramural sports, numerous philanthropy events, as well as a member on banner committee. I am a member of the Greek Week Steering Committee for 2021 Greek Week and I am so excited to have this incredible leadership opportunity and plan the events that occur during Greek Week! I am also a member and a leader of Tour Team and have had the opportunity to share my love and passion for Mizzou with prospective freshman. I absolutely love my job and getting to explain to people when they ask me with a puzzled look as to why I would ever leave Colorado for Missouri. I also work for Mizzou Admissions at the front desk and this has given me the opportunity to work many countdown events and get the opportunity to talk to more prospective students who want to come to Mizzou!

Coming to Mizzou was one of the best decisions I ever made, and I am so glad to be able to have such a love for this school! Thank you so much to the very generous donors of the Rocky Mountain Tigers Scholarship for granting me with the financial help to be able continue studying for my dream job at my dream school. M-I-Z!


LILLIANA H.

High School: Palmer Ridge High School
Major: Business Marketing
Class
: 2022

I am a Business Marketing major, and I am a Mizzou Army ROTC cadet. Through the Trulaske College of Business and ROTC program, I have become more involved with the community which has intensified my connection to both Mizzou and Columbia. I am a team leader of the Tiger Battalion Ranger Challenge team and have loved representing Mizzou at competitions throughout the year. I have a strong support system at Mizzou and am grateful I have the opportunity to experience it firsthand.

The Rocky Mountain Scholarship has enabled me to thrive here at Mizzou and it wouldn’t have been possible without the generous donors of the Colorado community. The Rocky Mountain Tiger chapter has continued to support me with a strong sense of family and I am so appreciative. Thank you! MIZ!


CAITLIN D.

High School: Arvada West High School
Major: Journalism
Class
: 2023

I chose Mizzou for its renowned J-School and have only fallen more in love since I got here. I’ve become involved with The Maneater as its Editor-in-Chief and have met so many other journalism students who share my love for our community. I’ve also found a home at the Delta Xi chapter of Phi Sigma Pi, where I have met students from across campus. 

I’m so grateful to the Rocky Mountain Tigers and their donors for helping me find a home at Mizzou.


CATHERINE S.

High School: Vista Ridge High School
Major:
Journalism, minor in Business
Class
: 2023

As a Mizzou legacy, I have been looking forward to going to Mizzou since I was little – it was a law in my household that if someone said MIZ to you and you didn’t say ZOU back a Jayhawk gets its wings and we cannot let that happen. I am so excited to be a part of such a rich community of current tigers and alumni full of traditions (let alone the first ever j-school).

Thank you so much to the donors that helped me get to the University – not only have you aided my dream of finally being a Missouri Tiger, but you have given me the opportunity to study at the number one school of journalism. I cannot thank you enough.


SYDNEY T.

High School: Chaparral High School
Major: Nursing
Class
: 2023

Over the past three semesters I have been lucky to call both Columbia and Colorado home! From my first visit on campus, Mizzou felt right. I instantly fell in love with a sense of community and involvement that I had never experienced before. I saw my favorite parts of home embraced in the tradition, spirit, and kindness of this school, the alumni, and the students. 

As a sophomore, I can look back and see that Mizzou has provided me with a place to grow and thrive in college. I have grown in my passion for learning and my involvement with PHA, College Mentors for Kids, campus ministries, becoming a peer learning assistant for microbiology, and serving as an ambassador for prospective students through Mizzou Outreach. These past semesters have undoubtedly inspired me and showed me what it means to be a true Mizzou tiger. I often find myself amazed at the incredible communities that surround me. I look forward to seeing how my future at Mizzou enables me to become the best nurse and person that I can be!

I am so thankful for the Rocky Mountain Tigers efforts that help me to know I have a Colorado family in Missouri. I always feel a special sense of home when I meet my fellow Colorado tigers. I would like to give recognition to our donors who make it possible for students like me to pursue their dreams out-of-state with genuine encouragement and generous financial support. Thank you sincerely, and of course, M-I-Z!


MOLLY M.

High School: Kent Denver School
Major: Broadcast Journalism and International Studies
Class
: 2024

Here’s how it’s going for me my freshman year as I head back to school to start a new semester. I received an email from my Arts & Science advisor yesterday letting me know that I had made the A&S Dean’s List for the fall. I am trying to figure out if the same is true for the J-school. I declared a second major early on last semester. I am now a journalism and International Studies double major. I am intending to focus on Peace Studies as my emphasis in International Studies. 

I also found my schedule very busy despite Covid. I became part of the Missouri Student’s Association First Year Council which is a voice for freshmen and transfer students within student senate. I’ve formed a few great relationships with upperclassmen, including Speaker of the Senate as a result. I also joined the MO Alpha chapter of Pi Beta Phi. While there is not much socializing in Greek Life, we managed to make the best of it holding our first ever book drive competition against KU Pi Phi for Columbia Public Schools. I am happy to report that our chapter of 250 women collected and distributed 21,763 books. We also beat KU by about 20,000 books. I spent many a hours in our basement sorting books into different reading levels. 

This semester I look forward to continuing these commitments as well as being a Mizzou Diamond Girl for the Mizzou baseball team. As of now, I will be helping onfield and in the stands with game management or marketing for the team. I applied in September and was accepted along with one of my first friends at school who is from St. Louis. Thankfully, I was able to meet people despite limited in-person events. I am hoping that the start of the new semester brings the same energy and I will make many more lifelong friends.


SARA G.

High School: Fairview High School
Major: Journalism and Political Science
Class
: 2024

When I was in the process of finding and selecting a college, Mizzou’s commitment to their students especially stood out to me. As I started to connect to other incoming and current students, I felt as if it was a community in which I could grow and feel supported in doing so.

 

 

 


SARAH M.

High School: Lakewood High School
Major: Engineering and Computer Science
Class
: 2024

This semester I have gotten involved in Research in the College of Engineering! I am extremely excited for this opportunity especially since so many clubs and activities have been canceled or so limited this year. I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to be on campus and have the opportunity to get in the engineering building and help with something that matters. The research team I have joined is for Dr. Roger Fales who is working on creating a control system for the oxygen level of NICU babies.  I have learned so much in my first few weeks working on this project and I’m looking forward to working on it the rest of the semester. 

Additionally this semester I have joined the Mizzou ultimate frisbee team and I’m so happy to start practicing after the cold weather clears up. Overall I have enjoyed my time at Mizzou so far both academically and socially and I can’t wait for more!


Past RMT Scholars: Abby Wist, Larissa Babiak, Alyssa Hehemann, Shannon Robb

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