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“He always taught his students to act, to be a difference maker and to be a positive force,” says Kristine Knourek, Class of 2007 business diploma and 2008 commerce degree. “Phil was the advisor who taught our classes as much about practical, real-life facts – like how critical it is to save your money and pay down your mortgage – alongside all of the book learning that comes with corporate finance, micro-economics, marketing and the Canadian banking system. He was the mentor who spoke to each of us like we were the most important person in the room.”
Joining Knourek to create this scholarship are six other business alumni from the Classes of 2007 and 2008: Preston Parsons, Delia Morgan-Tetz, Kelly Tobler, Leanne Hawes, Lacey Gartner and Kagan Kneen.
“There was no such thing as can’t with Phil. If he saw potential in you, he would drive you to make sure that you were the best that you could be,” says Kneen, Class of 2006 business diploma and 2008 commerce degree. “He played an integral role in who I’ve become and my belief in not giving up on people. If someone is struggling and if I see there is that potential there, I am never going to give up on them and I know I got that from Phil.”
The scholarship is available to full-time students in their second or subsequent year of studies in any business administration program. It’s awarded based on good academic standing and leadership qualities. The recipient must also be a current member of a Rustlers sports team. “This scholarship criteria is so on point with what Phil’s vision was and what it would have meant to him,” says Kneen.
Kellsey Sinnett was presented with the first annual Phil Allen Memorial Scholarship during the 2016 donor and award celebration at the Lloydminster campus. Four of the scholarship founders were able to attend the ceremony, together they represent different industries and live in three provinces.
“We know this is a small reflection of the giant of a man he was. We are aware we can never repay the learning, the kindness, the life lessons and the dedication Phil showed to every single student, both on the basketball court and in the classroom,” says Knourek, who shared a heartfelt donor speech during the celebration. “But, we do know our actions make a difference. We know our donation to Lakeland College and the creation of this memorial scholarship are a token of gratitude to such an amazing man. It’s a small way to recognize his force.”
Alumni who would like to contribute to the Phil Allen Memorial Scholarship can do so by contacting Shauna Zack in alumni & fund development, by calling 780 853 8628 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo: Kellsey Sinnett, centre, is the first recipient of the Phil Allen Memorial Scholarship, established by a number of business alumni who wanted to give back in memory of Allen.