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 suddenly came down 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. We've been fortunate to receive donations from several other individuals and organizations which has allowed us to award some additional buzzer grants. Thank you all so much.
If you would like to be considered for a Matt's Buzzers Grant in December 2017, 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 would also love to hear a little bit about your school and your team. Thank you so much!  Our grants will again be $250 per team and we plan to select 10 teams to receive grants.  Our 2017/2018 selections will be made on Saturday, December 2, 2017. 

For 2017, we will award 2 additional buzzer grants in memory of Matt's dad Mike who died on July 25,2017 after a nearly year long battle with head & neck cancer. These 2 grants will be awarded to the first 2 teams (different coaches and different schools) to correctly identify the person in a photo that will be posted on our Facebook page on November 20,2017.

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

Matt's Buzzers on Facebook

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 2015/2016

Thank you all very much!

  • Ellen Pazdro (Matt's Grandma)
  • MOQBA - Missouri Quizbowl Alliance
  • Jacob Reed
  • Ruth & Alan Greenthal in memory of David Riley
  • Jacob O'Rourke
  • Iowa Quiz Bowl League (Jay Winter)

    Recent Recipients

2016 Recipients (Selected on December 3, 2016)

  • Bio-Med Science Academy, Rootstown, OH
  • Bodine High School, Philadelphia, PA
  • Cainsville School District, Cainsville, MO
  • Carroll High School, Dayton, OH
  • South Pointe High School, Rock Hill, SC
  • North Ridgeville High School, North Ridgeville, OH
  • Ahlf Junior High School, Searcy, AR
  • Fremont High School, Sunnyvale, CA
  • Buchholz High School, Gainesville, FL
  • Keystone School, San Antonio, TX
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