Ryan Houck

2005 Robert D. & Margaret A. Wark Memorial Scholarship Recipient

Biography: Ryan Houck is currently in his third year at UCLA. His undergraduate goal is to major in both Business Economics and Psychology, along with a minor in Accounting. He is employed as an intern with The Mercanti Group, a mergers and acquisitions firm in Santa Monica. In addition to being a student at UCLA, he is a Director of Community for the Undergraduate Business Society, and a member of Concerts Staff of the Campus Events Commission. In addition, Ryan plays on the UCLA club rugby team. He was born and raised in Fresno where he attended Clovis West High School. In 2003, he was named that school’s B’nai B’rith Scholar Athlete of the Year, placing third in the state of California in high school wrestling.

Future Plans: In the summer between his third and fourth year, Ryan plans on engaging in an internship with a management-consulting firm, focusing on strategy consulting. After graduating, Ryan hopes to work for two years again in strategy management consulting. After a few years of work experience, he plans to return to school to earn an MBA and open up a business of his own.

What does the scholarship mean to me?: Receiving the Robert D. & Margaret A. Wark Memorial Scholarship has been the highlight of my academic career. I am deeply honored and grateful. The scholarship award will relieve financial stress and allow me to focus more on academics and community service during my third year at UCLA.