The Allen Access Program

Talent isn’t bound by circumstance. Opportunity shouldn’t be, either.

At the Trulaske College of Business, access to an outstanding business education is one of our strategic priorities.

In August 2021, Trulaske’s vision for business education aligned with that of the Allen family when Pinney Allen; her husband, Charles “Buddy” Miller III; and her brother, W.D Allen, for whom the program is named, made a $5 million commitment to create the Allen Access Program at the college.

This shared vision pays special attention to inclusion, diversity and equity – particularly to inclusion, or what is known as “Making a House a Home” within the Trulaske community. The goal is to ensure that everyone has a seat at the table and feels welcome in the college. It also means that Trulaske students have the support they need to be successful, inside and outside the classroom, as they pursue their Mizzou degrees.

The Allen Access Program seeks to identify barriers to student success and hurdle them quickly and decisively by providing scholarships, programs and other support to underresourced and underrepresented students at Trulaske. While this comes through formal initiatives, such as the Heartland Scholars Academy and the Vasey Academy, the effort is more comprehensive in scope, providing students with support for things like laptops and interview suits.

The program also focuses on outreach in rural Missouri and hard-to-reach areas of St. Louis and Kansas City to expose students to the opportunities that exist at Trulaske and at Mizzou, and to help them create a clear path to the Missouri’s flagship university and its college of business.

“This program provides a concrete framework through which we can ensure that every student who wants a quality business education can pursue one at the Trulaske College of Business, and that the needs of every student – varied as they may be – are supported,” says Ajay Vinzé, dean of the college.

Allen Access Program Initiatives

Cornell Leadership Program Heartland Scholars Academy

 Vasey Academy


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It’s about access: Commitment from Allen family helps under-resourced, under-represented Trulaske students

$5 million commitment to MU College of Business will improve access through scholarships and support