Mizzou’s Tiger Scholarship Fund Raises $40M To Support 550 Student-Athletes

This is the third-largest fund-raising year in TSF history

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Thanks to the incredible generosity and passion of Mizzou fans everywhere, the Tiger Scholarship Fund (TSF) raised $40.72M in support of Mizzou’s 550 student-athletes, the third-largest fund-raising year in TSF history, behind a record $50.4M raised in 2017-18 and $45.7M in 2011-12, which marked Mizzou’s entry into the Southeastern Conference. Included in that total was a record-tying $11.4M raised during TSF’s giving year, which allowed it to surpass $11M in support of annual student-athlete scholarships for the third-straight year for the first time ever.

“We deeply appreciate the thousands of Tiger Scholarship Fund members who faithfully support Mizzou Athletics and have invested in our programs through their generous giving,” said Mizzou Director of Athletics Jim Sterk, who has overseen two of the three largest fund-raising years in the department’s 128-year history since his arrival in August 2016. “Every dollar contributed to the Tiger Scholarship Fund makes a significant impact in the lives of our student-athletes while allowing us to provide an outstanding academic, athletic and social experience for them, and we are grateful for this outpouring of financial support.”

“It has been gratifying to see the remarkable support, loyalty and belief our fans have not only in Mizzou Athletics, but the University, too. For our programs to achieve at the level everyone desires in future years, and compete for SEC and national championships, it is critical that we continue to grow the Tiger Scholarship Fund, which was a key reason for launching our 1839 campaign earlier this year.”

Under the direction of Executive Associate Athletics Director/Tiger Scholarship Fund Ashley Moore, a former Mizzou softball letterwinner whose first year leading TSF in FY 2018 produced a record $11.4M raised in annual support, the 2018-19 fiscal year marked the first time in TSF history that the same fiscal year produced top three rankings in annual giving (T-No. 1, $11.4M), productivity (No. 3, 40.7M) and cash flow (No. 3, $25.8M). TSF saw a $17M increase over FY 2018 productivity, and a $10M increase over its five-year average productivity.

“TSF’s success is a credit to our loyal donors and the outstanding work of our staff,” said Moore. “Our donors have great confidence in Mizzou Athletics and belief that our future is bright, and we are grateful that they continue to come alongside to help provided the resources necessary for our student-athletes and coaches to compete at the highest level.”

Mizzou Athletics Top Five Fund-Raising Years

Year                              Amount Raised

  1. 2016-17                             $50.4M
  2. 2011-12                             $45.7M
  3. 2018-19                             $40.7M
  4. 2001-02                             $39.4m
  5. 2012-13                             $32.3m

With the outpouring of support from TSF members, Mizzou student-athletes continued to thrive academically and athletically during the 2018-19 academic year.

In the classroom, the 550 men and women who donned the Black & Gold in 2018-19 produced the top two overall grade-point averages in school history for any semester, registering a record 3.125 for the fall term and a 3.11 spring semester mark. Fourteen teams produced a GPA above a 3.00 for the fall, while 13 teams accomplished that in the spring. In addition, 357 Mizzou student-athletes earned University Dean’s List honors for at least one term, 265 received SEC Academic Honor Roll recognition, including 86 SEC First-Year Freshman Honor Roll members, and 101 earned their Mizzou degree.

Mizzou’s NCAA academic metrics remain strong, too, as five teams lead the SEC in Graduation Success Rate (GSR) with perfect 100s—Baseball, Women’s Basketball, Women’s Golf, Tennis and Soccer, and Mizzou’s overall GSR of 91 matched its school-record for the second-straight year and ranked No. 3 in the SEC behind Vanderbilt (97) and South Carolina (94). No other SEC program scored higher than an 89 in the GSR. Every Mizzou program registered an Academic Progress Rate (APR) multi-year score of at least 949, 14 had marks above 983, and two, Women’s Basketball and Women’s Tennis, received NCAA Public Recognition Awards with perfect scores of 1,000.

Mizzou student-athletes, coaches and staff continued to give back, as they spent nearly 3,500 hours through their volunteer efforts at some 70 organizations in Mid-Missouri.

With 15 teams or individuals representing Mizzou in the postseason, the Tigers placed 51st in the final 2018-19 Learfield IMG Directors’ Cup standings, five spots higher than its average finish over the award’s first 25 years (56.12), but down from its back-to-back school-record 33rd-place finishes the past two years. Mizzou tallied 488.75 points, 22.25 points behind 50th-place Colorado, as 11 Tiger teams scored Directors’ Cup points.

One of the ultimate measuring sticks is the number of teams that qualify for the postseason and Mizzou had 15 of its 20 programs represent it in the postseason either as teams or individuals. Mizzou Softball earned its 13th-straight NCAA Tournament bid, the longest active streak of any team on campus, while Mizzou Wrestling has claimed eight-straight conference titles and has earned a Top 10 finish NCAA Championship finish in five consecutive seasons with its sixth-place showing in 2019. Tiger Style is one of just five programs nationally to finish in the Top 10 in the team standings and produce at least three All-Americans in each of the last five years.

Mizzou Men’s Swimming & Diving registered its fourth Top 11 finish in program history, all of which have come in the last five seasons, as it tied for 11th place at the 2019 NCAA Championship. Mizzou Gymnastics placed 17thin the final poll, while Women’s Swimming was 22nd at the NCAA Championships. Mizzou Football was 23rd in the final 2018 College Football Playoff ranking en route to back-to-back bowl appearances, while Volleyball was No. 23 in the season-ending AVCA poll after playing in its fourth-straight NCAA Tournament. In addition, Tiger Women’s Basketball and Baseball both appeared in the Top 25 at various points during the year to give Mizzou eight Top 25 programs over the course of the academic year.

Individually, 35 Mizzou student-athletes from seven different programs garnered 64 All-America honors and the Tigers produced 10 individual conference champions with Wrestling earning six league gold medals, Men’s Swimming two and Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track & Field claiming one each. Mizzou had 47 All-SEC performers and three student-athletes earned season-ending conference awards, with Cierra Porter earning the SEC’s Sixth Woman of the Year in basketball, and Jaydin Eierman receiving the Mid-American Conference Wrestler of the Year honor and teammate Brock Mauller garnering MAC Freshman of the Year honors.