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The Koh Family Scholarships

When planning for a year, plant corn.
When planning for a decade, plant trees.
When planning for life, train and educate people.
~ Chinese Proverb ~

The Koh Legacy

The College of Engineering is proud to offer the Koh Family Scholarships in memory of the Koh family. P.K. Koh and Jean Koh are part of the educational history at Texas Tech. Professor Koh was well known in the engineering field not only for his brilliance but also for his dedication to encourage students to strive for the highest level they could achieve. Professor Koh won one of the most prestigious scholarships in China and it allowed him to study anywhere in the world. He and his wife spent their last 14 years of teaching at Texas Tech University. Upon their deaths, they left their entire estate of $2.7 million to Texas Tech to fund an endowment to help outstanding students with their educational costs. It is through their love for education and their daughter Jessica's tremendous generosity that Tech acquired the Koh's estate. In commemorating the Koh's dedication to the highest levels of excellence and performance, the Koh Family Scholarships will be some of the most prestigious offered in the College of Engineering as well as Texas Tech. It is our expectation that we can continue to preserve and build their legacy through the lives of exceptional students who have chosen Tech for their path of education.

P.K. Koh - (1/31/14 - 12/6/94)

Professor Pun Kien (P.K.) was born in Shanghai, China. An outstanding scholar, he graduated from Jiao-Tung University in 1935. That same year, he won the Tsing Hua Fellowship to study at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology from which he received a doctorate in Metallurgy in 1937. He then took a position at a steel company in Birmingham, England. He returned to Shanghai in 1939 and married Jean Sie in 1940. They relocated to Kunming where son Robert was born during the dark days of wartime bombing of the city. The family escaped the city and returned to the United States where he was appointed to a teaching position at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He later took a position as chief research metallurgist with Allegheny-Ludlum Steel Corporation, then Bethlehem Steel Company where his publications and research in metallurgy established him as a nationally recognized authority. In 1966, he came to Texas Tech to teach in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. He upgraded the metallurgy curriculum, did on-going research in animal nutrition and served several summers as nuclear-power consultant to the Chinese government in Taiwan. He retired in 1980. He will be remembered as a consummate scholar of unquestioned integrity, with an insatiable appetite for knowledge, his energy boundless and his impatience incorrigible.

Jean Sie Koh - (1/6/16 - 2/9/98)

Jean S. Koh was also born in Shanghai, China and graduated as valedictorian of the University of Shanghai's class of 1936. After earning her Master's in Education from the University of Pittsburgh in 1953, she went on to teach mathematics and science to middle and high school students for the next decade. At the urging of the President of Texas Tech, Jean accepted the challenge of beginning the University's Department of Chinese Language in 1967. She remained the sole member of the department up to her retirement in 1980. Jean had a love of education and while at Tech she played the role of cultural emissary between the Chinese and American cultures. Fondly remembered as "Auntie Koh", she leaves a legacy of dozens of Chinese students and their families whose lives she changed.

Robert Koh - (5/9/41 - 3/15/64)

Robert was born in China and arrived in Cambridge with his parents. He began his academic career by earning a scholarship to a local kindergarten when its principal realized he could read the newspaper at age four. He graduated from Tarentum High School in 1958 as valedictorian and president of the student body. He achieved a notable academic standing as an undergraduate at the California Institute of Technology, which earned him a Baker Scholar position at Harvard Business School. In 1964 he died tragically in an automobile accident ending what had begun as a most promising and productive career. In his short life, he was known for his humor, athletic ability, compassion and love with which he treated his family and friends.

Scholarship Applications and Process

Qualified students, who are interested in attending Texas Tech University, are invited to submit online applications at our website.


The complete scholarship application, including supporting documents, must be received by January 15 each year.

For more information, contact:

Koh Family Scholarship Committee
Texas Tech, College of Engineering
100 Engineering Center
Box 43103
Lubbock, TX 79409-3103
Phone: (806) 742-3451
Fax: (806) 742-3493
Email Address: kwong.chao@ttu.edu

Scholarship Requirements


Click here for an Undergraduate Student Application.


Click here for a Graduate Student Application.

* Out-of-state tuition will be waived for any student who receives an annual scholarship of $1000 or more.

Scholarship Amount

Undergraduates: $10,000/year for four years of undergraduate study and up to five years for dual degree programs, or in combination with other scholarships, up to $25,000.

Graduates: The recipients will receive $20,000/year for up to four years of graduate study or in combination with other awards and research assistantships, up to $35,000/year.