Burres family presents scholarship in honor of proud TTU alum

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Family Weekend at Texas Tech started on Friday, when parents from across the country come to the university to spend time with their students.

The festivities started with a "fiesta" dinner at the Livestock Arena at Indiana Avenue and Main Street

It included a mariachi band and a silent auction. All proceeds went to support the Texas Tech Parents Association Scholarship Fund.

For one family, this event is a priority to attend each year to honor a man very special to them.

Stephen Wint Burres Jr. graduated from Purdue University, but his heart stayed with Texas Tech.

"He had a charisma and passion for everything that he did," said Deborah Burres, Stephen's daughter, "and Texas Tech was at the top of that list."

Stephen's four children all attended Tech in the late 1980s and early 1990s. The Burres family even received honors for the most siblings attending the university at the same time.

This is why Stephen volunteered with the Texas Tech Parents Association for over 20 years.

"They actually named a scholarship after him," said Stephen Burres III, Stephen's son, "when he decided it was time for him to step down after over 20 years of service."

The scholarship in Stephen's name is given out every year, but he has never presented it to a recipient himself. He died from a heart attack two years ago, about 90 days before the first ceremony.

"We presented my father's scholarship on behalf of my dad to its first recipient," Burres III said, "which I still keep in contact with today."

On Friday, Burres presented the third honorary scholarship to Tam Tran, a Tech Student from Vietnam. This was special to Burres family because Stephen served as a Lieutenant general for the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War.

Stephen's wife and children want to make sure his legacy lives on by continuing to support the TTPA.

"He's a wonderful example of a parent, a person, a philanthropist," Deborah said, "and a human being."

Burres III is even on the Board of Directors for the organization, following in his father's footsteps.

"Pretty big shoes to fill, but I'm proud that they asked me and invited me to come out here," he said, "and be a part of the board."

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