Creating Allie’s Legacy
Shortly after their daughter’s passing, Chris and Jamie created an endowed scholarship for Aggies pursuing mechanical engineering to honor Allie’s memory. “I really value the education and leadership skills I received at Texas A&M,” Chris explained. “I continue to see strong leaders graduate from the school and want to support this in Allie’s name.”
The couple hopes the recipients of the scholarship can learn about Allie’s legacy and realize the importance of safe driving. “We want to honor Allie and keep her not just in our hearts and minds, but to also make something that will last forever,” Jamie added. Using Chris’ company matching program and donations from family, friends and generous donors, the Whites are funding Allie’s gift.
“Aggies are always looking to support Texas A&M and each other,” Chris explained. “We hope that whenever the gift is fully endowed and the student recipient is selected, they will learn who Allie was.”
The Whites didn’t stop there. After speaking at a statewide Texas Department of Public Transportation Commission Board meeting and seeing how Allie’s story touched the hearts of all who attended, they were inspired to share her story at other conferences and meetings throughout the state.
“Through all of the support that came after Allie’s passing, we recognized the need for a nonprofit to build awareness and spread Allie’s message,” Jamie said. The mission of Allie’s Way is to make public areas safer for children and adults. “There are too many areas without regulations to monitor and enforce safety, such as speed bumps and speed limit signs in public parks and other public areas. We want people to start watching out for others and change their behaviors.”
Supporters from all over Texas have reached out to the Whites praising them for their efforts. “The more people are aware that this is a problem and that a beautiful child was lost, the more people will change their behavior and join our cause,” Chris said. “The more support we generate, the more influence we have to get things done.”
Donations to the Allie Estelle Memorial Scholarship can be made online through the Texas A&M Foundation here. You can also mail a check donation to Texas A&M Foundation, 401 George Bush Drive, College Station, TX 77840 and include the account number 04-36917 in the check memo line. Donations to Allie’s Way can be made through its website.
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