Texas Tech University

Rawls College STEM MBA Student Receives Prestigious Scholarship

George Watson

June 8, 2015

Nick Burns was awarded the scholarship based on his leadership, business and entrepreneurial skills.

Nick Burns

Nick Burns, a student in the Rawls College of BusinessSTEM MBA program, will be honored with the Silver and Black Give Back Scholarship, appointed by the Texas Business Hall of Fame Foundation.

The endowed scholarship grants Burns a $15,000 stipend to pursue his business goals. It was awarded to him based on his leadership skills, business acumen and entrepreneurial desire. Burns is one of 28 students who attend Texas universities to receive a scholarship. He will be honored 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, 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 were instrumental in receiving the Rawls College's inaugural Rawls Endowed Military 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,” said Bill Pasewark, associate dean of Graduate Programs and Research. “The Texas Business Hall of Fame scholarship is evidence that the business community recognizes the same potential in Nick we see here at Texas Tech.”

While in the program, Burns is working with the 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.