As part of this year’s Athena Awards, The Buffalo News (publisher of Buffalo Magazine) has the honor of naming the first-ever [BN]spired winner, an award given to a local “Say Yes” college scholarship recipient who has achieved the highest levels of academic, community and personal success.
The winner is Danielle E. Burruss, a junior Public Communications major at Buffalo State College.
Burruss attended McKinley High School where she earned the rank of Cadet 2nd Lieutenant in Army JROTC. She was also active in drill, soccer, tennis, yearbook and African American History Club. One of Danielle’s proudest moments was being inducted into the National Honor Society.
A Say Yes scholarship recipient, she has also become a Say Yes Ambassador, giving presentations to donors and sitting on panels for incoming college students. Last summer she also participated in Say Yes’s internship program, working in the Communications department at the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.
A peer mentor at Buffalo State’s Compass Program, Burruss also volunteers for Buffalo’s annual Juneteenth Festival and teaches financial literacy classes with her mother throughout several WNY communities. She has worked at Wegmans since age 15, and is also working on growing her own business, Burruss Designs.
From her parents, Cedric and Trina Burruss, Danielle has learned that “to whom much is given, much is expected.” In the future, she plans to continue working with Say Yes, Juneteenth and other organizations to help young people accomplish their goals.
(The photo of Danielle Burruss was taken by Khari Myers of Say Yes Buffalo.)