Commitment Enhances Parents Scholarship
Pinney Allen and her husband, Charles “Buddy” Miller III recently made a $175,000 gift commitment through the “Pursue the Future” campaign to enhance the Walker and Doris Allen Scholarship. When received, this gift will boost the balance of the scholarship fund, which supports first-generation, underserved students who also have demonstrated financial need, to nearly $275,000.
The Walker and Doris Allen Scholarship was established in 2012, during Truman’s “Bright Minds Bright Futures” campaign, in recognition and honor of Pinney’s parents, Walker (’39) and Doris Allen. Walker served Truman as a member of the Foundation Board of Directors from 1998-2003. The Allen’s also provided generous financial support for faculty members through the Walker and Doris Allen Faculty Fellowship program, which provided $10,000 fellowship awards for outstanding members of Truman’s faculty.
“My parents always felt that education made the difference – was what made a path to a more promising future possible,” said Pinney. “My family and I are delighted to provide scholarship support to an institution like Truman both for what it does and because it is cradled in the area that gave my parents–and derivatively all of us–a start.”
Pinney continues the family’s legacy of strong support and service to Truman. She currently serves on the President’s Advisory Council and is also a member of the steering committee for the “Pursue the Future” campaign.