Some area students headed the University of Missouri this fall got a very special sendoff Friday night.
The Great River Tigers Chapter of the MU Alumni Association held a back to school tailgate party in Palmyra.
Incoming freshmen and current students were invited to attend.
The event also served as kick off to restarting the alumni group which has been absent from the area for several years.
Alumni from Hannibal, Quincy and the surrounding area attended.
Chapter president Al Kennet says its important to build these relationships between the alumni and the students.
"The kids need to know they've got support at home," Al Kennet said. "And they need to know there's people here that are enthusiastic about M.U. And they've made the correct decision to go to MU."
Four $500 scholarships were also handed out to students whose names were picked in a drawing.
The group plans to hand out a thousand dollar scholarship later in the year.