Rawls graduate student Nick Burns was recently awarded the "Silver and Black Give Back Scholarship" from the Texas Business Hall of Fame. The scholarship - which includes a $15,000 stipend - was earned based on his leadership skills, business acumen and entrepreneurial desire. Burns was one of 28 students who attend Texas universities to receive an award from the Texas Business Hall of Fame. He was honored on Oct. 28 at a 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."
When initially joining the Rawls College, Burns enrolled in the STEM MBA program; however, with the money earned through the scholarship, he decided to continue his education through the Master of Science in Data Science Program. He will be finished with his STEM MBA coursework this upcoming December and the M.S. in Data Science in Aug. 2016.
Prior to his graduate work, 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. Among 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.
To this date the Texas Business Hall of Fame has awarded $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.