The Dallas Stars awarded Kendall Burks the Bob Gainey Honorary Scholarship Thursday, April 25 as the Dallas Stars faced off against the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Dallas Stars fell to the Blue Jackets, 3-1.
Since 1998, the Dallas Stars and the Dallas Stars Foundation has awarded the Bob Gainey Honorary Scholarship to a local student who has demonstrated a passion for excellence in the classroom as well as success on the playing field. Qualified candidates exhibit the highest levels of dignity, integrity and determination for which the award’s namesake is known.
Kendall Burks is the embodiment of the perfect candidate for this scholarship. Burks will finish at the top of her class at Waxahachie High School and was a captain of her varsity tennis team, as well as a UIL Spelling and Vocabulary Captain, National Honor Society President, Advanced Placement (AP) Science Club President and Interact Club Secretary.
“It means the world to me to be able to receive such a generous offer from a man who stands for so much and who has done so much for this organization,” Burks said. “I just feel good. I’ve worked very hard throughout my high school career and it feels great to be here, be at the game and meet Mr. Gainey. It’s one of the most memorable experiences of my life.”
Burks has been accepted to Southern Methodist University and is waiting to hear back from Harvard College, Yale University, Rice University and Tulane University. Throughout her prestigious high school career, she has been a National Merit Scholar Finalist, a National Merit Scholarship Corporation Advanced Placement (AP) Scholar, the College Board Camp RYLA District 5810 Sponsorship, Waxahachie Rotary Club Superintendent’s Award, Waxahachie Independent School District Board of Trustees First Place State UIL Spelling and Vocabulary Winner as well as the Texas University Interscholastic League. Burks will receive $1,250 each year over the next four years.
“Someone who is in her position, like our winner Kendall, needs support and needs places where she can go to access it,” current Dallas Stars Senior Advisor to Hockey Operations Bob Gainey said. “I think the Stars, in my name, offering a scholarship is something that’s a baseline thing in the community that you can offer that can help you see the tangible results. You’ve got a really strong person with great background skills, who wants to do things, wants to go places, and this is a small gift to help her get where she wants to go.”
For more information about the Bob Gainey Honorary Scholarship, please visit http://stars.nhl.com/club/page.htm?id=39268.