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.
We have made our selections for the 2014-2015 academic year (please see list below). If you would like to be considered for a Matt's Buzzers Grant in December 2015, 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  
Thank you so much!  Our grants will again be $250 per team and we plan to select 10 teams to receive grants.  Our 2015/2016 selections will be made on Saturday, December 5, 2015. 

I calculated some interesting statistics regarding Matt's Buzzers.  In our 10 years, we have received over 550 applications from 42 US states.  We have awarded 106 Buzzer Grants and those recipients were from 29 different US states.  Most of the applications we receive are from the middle of the country with Illinois, Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana among the top 5.  Not surprisingly, the other state in the top 5 for applications is Oklahoma, which has a very strong Quiz Bowl organization.  It's wonderful to see Quiz Bowl spreading across the US as we begin to receive applications from Eastern & Western states such as Vermont, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Washington, Oregon, and California.  We've been particularly impressed with Arizona, Tennessee and West Virginia who have sent in quite a few applications over the past 2 years.  Also, over the past couple of years we have received a large number of applications from schools who are new to Academic their 1st or 2nd year. This is a wonderful indication that our students are interested in more than just the typical sports programs.  It's also a nod to the wonderful coaches we hear from with each application.  If it wasn't for the coaches and academic advisors, our students wouldn't have this wonderful opportunity.  Keep on growing! 

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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

2014 Recipients (Selected on December 6, 2014)

  • Glenwood Middle School, Chatham, IL
  • Jackson High School, Jackson, OH
  • Conner Middle School, Hebron, KY
  • Huntington, Chillicothe, OH
  • St. Andrew's Episcopal School, Ridgeland, MS
  • St. John Lutheran School, Napoleon, OH
  • Mound City R 2, Mound City, MO
  • Metro Christian Academy, Tulsa, OK
  • Clover Hill High School, Midlothian, VA
  • Ahlf Junior High School, Searcy, AR
  • Fayetteville High School, Fayetteville, AR
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