AUSTIN, Texas—Burlington Resources Foundation announced today (May 7) that it has funded the $50,000 Hays R. Warden Memorial Endowed Scholarship at The University of Texas at Austin to provide financial assistance to students from the Aransas County Independent School District.
The permanent endowment honors Warden, the late senior vice president and controller for Houston-based Burlington Resources Oil and Gas Co. Recipients of the scholarship may be of any undergraduate classification but must be a full-time student at UT Austin.
“Hays served Burlington for more than 21 years, was a model for many professionals in the company and was respected throughout the industry for his integrity, professional skills and leadership,” said Gavin Smith, president of Burlington Resources Foundation, in announcing the gift.
“Burlington supports higher education, especially in Texas, which is home for most of our employees. So, we’re happy to lend a helping hand to students from Aransas County who want to pursue their higher education goals.”
Warden was born in Corpus Christi, but was graduated from nearby Aransas County High School (now Rockport/Fulton High School) in 1960. He received a bachelor of science degree in accounting in 1972 from UT Austin.
This is the second UT scholarship in the Warden family name. To honor their mothers, Warden and his wife, Sandra, also endowed a $50,000 scholarship for prospective UT students from Aransas County. That gift, established in 1997, is the Opal A. Warden and Beatrice Shipman Memorial Endowed Scholarship.
For information on how to apply for the Hays R. Warden Memorial Endowed Scholarship, visit or write to The University of Texas at Austin Office of Student Financial Services, P.O. Box 7758, Austin, Texas 78713, or call 512/475-6282.
Burlington Resources Oil and Gas Co. maintains a global presence in oil and gas exploration and production and is one of the largest such companies based in the United States.