Matt's Buzzers

Matt was a dedicated and accomplished Quiz Bowler throughout his college career. As an undergraduate at Iowa State, he participated in tournaments throughout the country. He had just completed his first semester of graduate study at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where he had continued to be active in Quiz Bowl, when he came down suddenly with acute pancreatitis. He died on January 2nd, 2005.

We began our buzzer grant program in 2005, hoping to continue Matt's love for Quiz Bowl and help make it possible for Middle and High School students to participate with all of the requisite equipment. Due to partnerships with other organizations we have been able to award more than our usual 10 grants per year. In 2009, we were able to award 2 buzzer grants to Indiana schools in cooperation with the organizers of the Rotary Northern Indiana Championship Tournament. Each year beginning in 2010 we've had 2nd chance drawings using donations from high school tournaments held in Illinois by Donald Taylor. We've also been fortunate to receive donations from several other individuals and organizations which will allow us to award some additional buzzer grants in the coming years. Thank you all so much.
If you would like to be considered for a Matt's Buzzers Grant in December 2014, please complete and submit the application found on our 'Application' page.  If you're having problems submitting the application through our website, please feel free to email your school's, team's and coach's information to  
We have already received several applications for the 2014-2015 academic year.  Thank you so much!  Our grants will again be $250 per team and we plan to select 10 teams to receive grants.  

Please see our Facebook page for news and updates as the school year progresses.

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Buzzer Company Partners

We'd like to thank the following companies specializing in buzzer systems who have partnered with us to offer a 15% discount toward the purchase of a buzzer system by any Matt's Buzzers grant recipient.
Zeecraft Tech
4 D Designs Quik Pro Buzzer Systems
Slammer Systems
4 D Designs Quik Pro Buzzer Systems is also offering a 15% discount on books and CDs when you mention Matt's Buzzers!

Donors for 2013/2014

Thank you all very much!

  • Ellen Pazdro (Matt's Grandma)
  • Andrew Hart (Univ of MN)
  • Joey Goldman (Oxford)
  • Jacob Reed (Yale)
  • Haohang Xu (Yale)
  • Scarsdale High School, Scarsdale, NY
  • Loyola Academy, Wilmette, IL
  • SCOP (Scholastic Community Outreach Program), Rockford, IL

    Recent Recipients

2013 Recipients (Selected in December 2013)

  • Blue Grass Baptist School, Lexington, KY
  • Parma Senior High School, Parma, OH
  • Bartram Trail High School, Saint Johns, FL
  • Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish School, Wadsworth, OH
  • Hingham High School, Hingham, MA
  • Des Arc High School, Des Arc, AR
  • Rock Creek High School, Bokchito, OK
  • Manheim Township High School, Lancaster, PA
  • Middlebury Union High School, Middlebury, VT
  • F.W Buchholtz High School, Gainesville, FL
2013 Special Grant Recipient (Selected in December 2013 and made possible by donations from Ellen Pazdro, Andrew Hart, Joey Goldman, Jacob Reed and Haohang Xu)
  • Springville Middle School, Springville, AL

2013/2014 Second Chance Grant Recipients (Selected in May 2014 and made possible by donations from Scarsdale HS Quiz Bowl Team, Loyola Academy and SCOP (Scholastic Community Outreach Program))
  • Fort Loramie High School, Fort Loramie, OH
  • Mesquite High School, Gilbert, AZ

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