Dr. Roger W. and Mrs. Margaret Church Allen Endowed Scholarship

A conversation with Roger Allen, Jr. and Kathryn Allen.

Why did you choose to create a scholarship at Auburn University?
Roger W. Allen graduated from API in 1917, then returned as a chemistry professor in 1927. He became Dean of Science and Literature in 1944, and retired in 1967. He was chair of the Faculty Athletics Committee for years. His wife, Margaret, was a founder of the Auburn Public Library. We felt that after all that they had done for Auburn, and how much they loved the University, that SOMETHING there should be named for them. We love Auburn, too, as does our entire family: three sons and three daughters-in-law, along with us, are Auburn grads, and two grandchildren are freshmen there now.

Tell us about your Auburn story, favorite tradition, a “War Eagle!” moment, or what Auburn has meant to you.
ALMOST all our family are either Auburn grads or students. Two more grandchildren are in high school, and they may go to Auburn, too. We think the fact that FOUR generations of Allens at Auburn is wonderful, and hope it keeps on and on.

What do you hope your recipients gain through this scholarship?
I hope our scholarship recipients gain financial aid, of course, and the ability to continue as students at a GREAT university with exemplary scholastic achievements.