Terry, ’70, and Sandra, ’68, Allen have a long history with Grand Valley that inspires them to support today’s students. Sandra is a member of Grand Valley’s second class (’68) and Terry is a member of the fourth class (’70).
“We met at Grand Valley in Dr. Glenn Niemeyer’s 20th Century American History course. Our first date was on the night of the final exam, then we married in August 1969,” the couple says.
Throughout the years Terry and Sandra have been committed to supporting the university and sharing the excitement and momentum of Grand Valley with their fellow alumni. They are encouraging alumni to play a more active role in the support of students. Terry and Sandra are both members of the Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies, and are Alumni Champions.
“We wanted to give back to Grand Valley and encourage others to support the school, students, and the growing opportunities for education and service,” the couple says.
They also established the Rev. Terry W. ’70 and Sandra L. (Mackus) ’68 Allen First Generation Diversity Scholarship, which assists students who are the first in their families to attend college.
“Finishing a degree and finding rewarding employment can change a life’s direction and open new possibilities. Perhaps some of these students can and will “pass it on” in the years ahead. It is our intention to see that this scholarship is endowed through our participation in Grand Valley’s Gillett Society, which is part of our estate plan,” the couple says.
Terry and Sandra Allen have set a standard for giving back, and have provided a great example to those who want to start giving.
“We are giving more than money, we are giving hope and a chance to realize potential and make a difference in a world that needs caring, informed citizens who are engaged and watchful. If you haven’t gotten around to giving, start now! It’s a good time to make a plan and get going,” the couple says.