Daniil Degtyar

2005 The Donald Edward Bragg & Diane Sims Bragg Scholarship Recipient

Biography: Daniil was born and raised in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. At the age of 16 he moved to Cambridge, UK to finish his high school education, spending a year upon graduation traveling in Europe and the Middle East to broaden his horizons and gain exposure to different cultures. Five years ago Daniil moved with his family to California and enrolled in Orange Coast College, balancing school, family obligations and a full-time job. Completing all the lower-division requirements, he transferred to UCLA, where he is now a senior, majoring in Business Economics with a minor in Accounting. His hobbies include reading, guitar improvisation, and soccer.

Future Plans: During the summer of 2005 Daniil worked as an analyst at Cornerstone Research, one of the leading economic and litigation consulting firms. That experience has set a solid foundation for his future career in consulting. Upon his graduation in June, Daniil plans to continue his search for intellectual challenge by joining a consulting firm as an analyst. With accounting and finance being some of his major interests, he also plans to sit for his CPA exams. After three or for years of professional experience, Daniil plans to pursue an MBA, in order to further develop his analytical and leadership skills.

What does the scholarship mean to me?: This scholarship has helped me immensely by alleviating the need to borrow funds to pay for school. Graduating debt-free will allow me to use more of my future disposable income to support my family and save for graduate education, rather than repaying student loans. It is particularly important to me during my senior year, since I can work less and channel more time to academic endeavors and extracurricular activities. By helping me achieve my goals, this scholarship brings closer the moment when I in turn will be able to do my part in helping future UCLA student to follow their dreams.