IMG_8618Over the years, Colton Lee Burran, son of Ronny and Gale Burran, did his best to not only change lives, but to also impact society in any way he knew how.

When Colton left this earth all too soon on April 3, 2011, a scholarship was established to ensure that his work continued.

A strong support base for the scholarship formed allowing the fund to initially award $2,500 scholarships to two deserving high school graduates. That was in 2011.  To date, a total of $30,000 in scholarships has been awarded.

This year three $2,500 scholarships were awarded. The recipients are Jillian Rolan, Brooklyn Ryan and Benito Silva.

To be eligible for the scholarship, an applicant must be a Brownfield High School student and have at least a 3.0 grade point average. Applicants must also be active in service activities not only in school, but also in the community as well.


Jillian Rolan received several awards and participated in many activities with outstanding achievements in Band as well as being named Freshman Class Outstanding and Sophomore Class Favorite. Her extracurricular activities included Student Body Vice President, Student Body President, National Technical Honor Society, National Honor Society, Regional Qualifier in Literary Criticism in 2015 as well as Trombone Section Leader and Band President. She was also Harvest Festival Queen Candidate for the Boys and Girls Club of Brownfield.  Rolan was also involved in Spanish National Honor Society and Thespian Honor Society among others.

She will attend Abilene Christian University and plans to pursue a major in Marketing.

“I want to use my education and skills to come back home after college and to make Brownfield a better place to live and grow,” writes Jillian.


Brooklyn’s accomplishments include community service where she raised money for the Boys and Girls Club. She also led the National Honor Society in an animal canned food drive, led the National Honor Society in making blankets for the University Medical Center Children’s Hospital and was a leader in the BeYOUthful Campaign Lock-In.

Her extracurricular activities included National Honor Society, Thespian Honor Society, Yearbook, Student Council, UIL One Act Play, National Technical Honor Society and Fellow Christian Athletes among other organizations. She also has received several awards including sports achievements in Basketball and Tennis.

Brooklyn will attend the University of North Texas where she will pursue a double major in Business and Theater Arts.

“I feel confident that she (Ryan) will continue to succeed in her studies,” writes Brownfield High School Principal Paul Coronado in Ryan’s letter of recommendation. “Brooklyn is a dedicated student and thus far her grades have been exemplary. In class, she has proven to be a take-charge person who is able to successfully develop plans and implement them.”


While attending high school, Benito Silva was involved in National Honor Society, National Technical Honor Society, Student Council, Band and Art. He was a Drum Major and a four-time State Qualifier for Solo and Ensemble. For volunteer work Silva made blankets for a children’s hospital and volunteered with teacher appreciation events.

Silva plans to attend South Plains College and then Texas Tech University to pursue a degree in Pharmacy.

“Benito is very eager to learn,” writes Jill Burns in a recommendation letter for Silva. “He is very intelligent and exhibits astounding leadership skills. He is a hard worker, dependable and is highly motivated to learn and be successful in life. Benito shows great character and is a role model for his classmates.”

It was said of Colton that “perhaps the best thing that can be said about someone is that they left a positive impression on just about every person they met.”  The scholarship board works hard to select recipients each year that exhibit the same outstanding values that Colton did.  We are excited to see what these amazing graduates do in the years to come.

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