Allan Sih Memorial Scholarship

The Allan Sih Memorial Scholarship was created in 2011 to honor the memory of Allan Sih, a past President of the Texas Exes New York Chapter. 

Eligibility

Criteria to receive the Allan Sih Memorial Scholarship are: 

  • Graduate from a high school in New York State or the Greater New York Area (parts of Northern New Jersey and southern Conneticuty are included)
  • Be admited to and confirmed to attend the University of Texas at Austin for the following Fall Semester
  • Have outstanding academics
  • Demonstrated a passion for community service

Selection

The scholarship committee of the New York Texas Exes will select recipients, as scholarships become available each year, from qualified applicants that apply through the Texas Exes Scholarship application process. Eligible students will be automatically submitted to NYTE when applying to The University at www.applytexas.org.

Amount

Scholarship awards are for no less than $500 awarded on a one time basis, beginning with the 2014-2015 school year

In Memorandum

ALLAN YIU CHEUNG SIH, a trusted friend and dedicated volunteer, died in New York City on February 7, 2011. Allan was born in Hong Kong on November 24, 1967. He earned a bachelors and masters degree in public accounting from the University of Texas at Austin, The Red McCombs School of Business and remained an avid supporter of the university throughout his life. Allan was a member of the Beta Alpha Psi accounting honors fraternity.

Allan spent 7 years at KPMG in New York City before joining American Express where he worked for 13 years in a variety of roles including corporate financial reporting to AMEX Global Network Strategies and Global Commercial Card Marketing.

Allan’s true passion was his volunteer work. Allan’s dedication to serving others was an inspiration to all. He was first to volunteer, last to leave a project or event, and made an immeasurable impact on New York City.

Allan was President of the Texas Exes New York Chapter from 1994-1997, serving over 6,000 members. He was the master of communications bringing the chapter into the electronic age and noted for uniting 100s of alumni through game watching gatherings, which grew from one venue to at times five venues. Allan’s leadership earned him respect within the NY Texas A&M Club of former students with whom the Exes often met and socialized. Additionally, Allan was instrumental in raising money for the chapter’s scholarship fund through annual events such as the Lone Star Chili Cook-off and Alumni Boat Cruise.

Allan joined New York Cares in 1999 and quickly became a Team Leader. He gave 1,155 hours of his time over the years, participating in 450 projects and leading 261 projects as a Team Leader. He led new volunteer orientations as a member of our Speakers Bureau since 2003, inspiring thousands of New Yorkers as they joined the New York Cares community. Allan was a regular at Dog Walking at BARC, Village Temple Meal Service, Meal Prep at God’s Love We Deliver, Reading at PS 150Q, and the Kickoff at the NYC Marathon, among his many projects. In 2007, Allan received a New York Cares Leadership Award, and earned numerous Presidential Service Awards.

Allan truly embody the pro-bono ethic as account director at Taproot Foundation where he led a team of six pro-bono consultants to produce an annual report for a nonprofit that provides early childhood development services to low-income families.

Allan was interned with his Father and Grandmother on March 31, 2011 at Woodlawn Memorial Park, Colma, CA (outside San Franscisco). A small memorial was held attended by Allan’s family.

In honor of Allan Sih, a University of Texas scholarship has been created. Friends are invited to donate to the fund by going to https://www.texasexes.org/form/donate.asp and specify the donation is going to the Allan Sih Scholarship. All contributions are welcome, no amount is too little.

For more information about the Allan Sih Memorial Scholarship or any other NYTE scholarship, please contact our scholarship coordinator at scholarships@newyorktexasexes.org.