Rawls STEM MBA student Nick Burns will be honored with the Silver and Black Give Back Scholarship, appointed by the Texas Business Hall of Fame Foundation. The endowed scholarship, which grants Burns a $15,000 stipend to pursue his business goals, was awarded to him based on his leadership skills, business acumen and entrepreneurial desire. Burns was one of 28 students who attend Texas universities to receive a scholarship. He will be honored on Oct. 28 at the Annual Scholarship Luncheon, as well as during the Texas Business Hall of Fame 33rd Annual Induction Dinner in Houston.
"It's a great honor to receive such a prestigious scholarship from the Texas Business Hall of Fame," Burns said. "To have each school from Texas represented and for me to be recognized as Texas Tech University's recipient is an incredible feeling. The lessons and new skills I've picked up at the Rawls College, along with this scholarship, will be useful in my future career and professional development."
With the education he's receiving at the Rawls College, coupled with his background experience, Burns is pursuing innovative solutions in Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) technology. While in the STEM MBA program, he is learning how business principles can be effectively used in that industry. Most notably, he is co-owner of a technology start-up that focuses on integrating bio-metric sensors with RFID technology, while using Big Data Analytics for insight. Additionally, Burns is securing business partnerships to expand these efforts toward various markets.
Prior to joining the STEM MBA program - which he will complete in December 2015 - Burns served in the U.S. Army and Texas Army National Guard for five years as a Combat Engineer, which included conducting Route Clearance operations and disposal of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) in Afghanistan. Amongst his many service honors, Burns was awarded the Texas National Guard Soldier of the Year in 2012. His service, leadership and dedication to his country was instrumental in receiving the Rawls College's first-ever Rawls Military and Veterans MBA Scholarship, which helped fund his STEM MBA studies.
"Nick's interest in bringing technology to the marketplace makes him a perfect fit in the Texas Tech STEM MBA program," Associate Dean of Graduate Programs and Research Dr. Bill Pasewark said. "The Texas Business Hall of Fame scholarship is evidence that the business community recognizes the same potential in Nick that we see here at Texas Tech."
While in the program, he is simultaneously working with Texas Tech University System as a Programmer Analyst II in the Information Systems Department. Outside the classroom, Burns serves as President for the Rawls Graduate Association and is currently active in the Texas Tech Military and Veterans Program.
Each year the Texas Business Hall of Fame Foundation selects individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the development of a healthy, dynamic environment in Texas and to the state's overall economic well-being. Such individuals may be entrepreneurs, innovative business managers, or inventors. To this date the Texas Business Hall of Fame has awarded more than $3 million in scholarships to students. Information regarding the scholarship program can be found at www.texasbusiness.org.This supports the efforts outlined in the Rawls College of Business Strategic Plan. Learn more about the LEADER 2020 Strategic Plan and follow our progress on Twitter at #RawlsLeads.