LETU honors Anna Lee, Sidney Allen at Saturday scholarship banquet

LETU honors Anna Lee, Sidney Allen at Saturday scholarship banquet
Sunday, February 9, 2014 - 12:08pm

LeTourneau University presented the university's Henry O. Gossett, Jr. Community Partner Award to Longview couple Anna Lee and Sidney Allen at the university's scholarship banquet Saturday night.

The Allens have directly invested in the lives of LETU students and have provided scholarships and support international travel, senior enginerring projects, and several other projects.

They have also supported the construction of the Belcher Center and have shown their support to bring cultural arts to Longview by sponsoring shows in LETU's annual Performance Series.

A lobby in Belcher Center was named in their honor. The unversity's new student center will open this spring and is named in their honor.

The Allens have lived in Longview since 1969 when they were part of a family-owned John Deere tractor dealership with his father for 15 years.

Over two decades ago, they launched their own successful business, Longview Scrap and Metal Company.

Sidney has been elected three times to the Longview City Council, his current term will expire in 2016. He has served on the construction advisory and appeals board, the financial task force, and the zoning board of adjusment. He has also ben elected by the councila as Mayor Pro Tem.

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