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 2016, 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 2016/2017 selections will be made on Saturday, December 3, 2016. 

Updated stats regarding Matt's Buzzers from 2005 through 2015:
Applications received - 745 from from 44 US states and Germany
Grants awarded - 128 from 31 states
Most of the applications we receive are from the middle of the country. It's been wonderful to see Quiz Bowl spreading across the US as we begin to receive applications from all over the country. This year we also received an application from a German-American school in Berlin. What wonderful indications 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! 

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 2015

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

2015 Recipients (Selected on December 5, 2015)

  • Rucker Steward Middle School, Gallatin, TN
  • Traverse City West Senior High, Traverse City, MI
  • Poplar Bluff High School, Poplar Bluff, MO
  • Porum High School, Porum, OK
  • Waukee High School, Waukee, IA
  • Field Community Consolidated District #3, Texico, IL
  • Rochester High School, Rochester, IN
  • St. Margaret Mary School, Harrisburg, PA
  • Lake Taylor Middle School, Norfolk, VA
  • Copley-Fairlawn Middle School, Copley, OH
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