University Of Missouri Tigers

The University of Missouri and Kansas State University football teams have been embroiled in a bitter rivalry for more than 100 years. In 1911, Missouri joined the Big 12 Conference, which later became the Missouri - Kansas City - St. Louis Football Conference (Mizzou - KCFC). While the 1911 game in Colombia is widely recognized as the first homecoming game, the "border war" between Mizou and Kansas was the catalyst for Missouri's decision to leave the Big 12 for the Southeastern Conference in 2012 and the start of a new chapter in the rivalry.

MU cheerleaders held a contest to name their mascot, and the Columbia militia called itself the Missouri Tigers. When the university's football team was founded in 1890, it adopted the Civil War defender's nickname as its nickname. The Missouri Tigers were officially named the "Missouri Tigers" in honor of the team's first home game against Kansas State in 1891.

The Tigers had the eighth-most experienced team in the nation, but Tennessee did exactly what Tennessee does: play an outstanding defense and an efficient offensive line. The Tigers, who were among the best teams in college football at the time, prevailed with a 73-53 victory. Tennessee did just that, playing excellent defense and efficient offense.

It had special significance because it took place in Missouri, where the Tigers had launched a groundbreaking protest against the mid-season five years earlier. Similar demonstrations by athletes had played a key role in Mizzou's ascent to the top of the Big 12 North and SEC West. Under the leadership of Gary Pinkel, who coached the Tigers from 2001 to 2015, Missouri won two SEC and West championships and shared three Big 12 North titles. That relationship culminated in the 2012 season, after Mizou left the Big 12 Conference for the Southeastern Conference, when the teams met in Knoxville, Tenn., for a bragging rights fight.

Missouri allowed Arkansas to stay tight for most of the game as the Tigers recorded 21 turnovers and Arkansas managed to turn those into just 15 points.

Mizzou made the breakthrough with back-to-back baskets, but the Tigers' lead was no more than six points for the rest of the first half. The Razorbacks fought their way back from the field in the second half and stayed within striking distance until a 5-0 MizzOU run with eight minutes to go gave them a 12-point lead. Missouri scored five more field goals and had 14 assists, while the Razorbacks needed 20 more shots than the Tigers and Missouri 24 at the basket. But the Thunder need to take the positives and build on that Saturday against home-and-away-high LSU.

The Tigers are back in the NCAA, which they seem to have conveniently forgotten, with a home-and-away series against LSU in the first round of the SEC tournament.

A number of scholarships are available only to Missouri residents, while others are for students from other states attending a Missouri college or university. Additional scholarships for secondary students will apply to Mizzou, in addition to existing scholarships for resident students, and applications should be submitted at the Missouri State Fair and must be stamped by Feb. A donor-funded scholarship of up to $1,000 per year is awarded to students who complete one or more years at Arkansas State University or Missouri - St. Louis University, or to students who complete another year at Missouri State.

First-time and re-entrants should have their application forms by February 1, 2016 and apply by January 31, 2017 for scholarships that are only available during the fall and spring semesters. Most Missouri State University scholarships, including those for math students, require students and their parents to complete a Missouri State Scholarship application. External grants are awards financed by a donor, such as state or local grants, grants from a non-profit organization, or private grants.

The Marching Mizzou Scholarship Fund recently established a $1 million annual scholarship fund for Marching Mizzou students for the 2016-17 academic year.

Since its inception, the foundation has awarded more than $180,000 in scholarships to students from Texas, Kansas, Oklahoma and Missouri. Scholarships are awarded annually to students who are duly enrolled at Missouri State University and have a good academic reputation. A total of five scholarships from Mizzou are awarded to students from Germany and abroad. Each freshman must apply for a MISSOURI-recognized program in the first year of his or her university studies. Eligible students in the stack will receive an annual scholarship fund of $1 million for the 2016-17 academic year, established through the work of the Marching Mizou Scholarship Fund and the University of Missouri Foundation.

To support students during their time at the University of Missouri, the Center for Academic Success and Excellence manages four different scholarships - related scholarships offered throughout the university, and the Mizzou Scholarship Fund.

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