2007 The Gumbiner Savett Inc. Scholarship Recipient
Biography: Brian Murray is a fourth year student majoring in Business Economics. He graduated with the class of 2004 from San Ramon High School in Danville, California. He will graduate in 2008 with a major in Business Economics and a minor in Accounting. Since coming to UCLA, Brian has worked as an intern with Sperry Van Ness, a nationwide commercial real estate company during which time he obtained his California Real Estate license. This summer he completed an internship with Price Waterhouse in their Advisory-Risk, Internal Audit, Compliance and Investigation Group. Since his freshman year Brian has been a member of UCLA’s Project Literacy program, which is a volunteer organization that provides tutoring and mentoring to underprivileged children. For the past two years he has been elected as the director of finance for the Project Literacy program and is responsible for preparing and presenting funding applications to obtain financial backing for the program. He has also worked since his sophomore year as a private tutor. Brian has been a member of UCLA’s club soccer tem and has been elected both team captain and president of the club over the past two years. He has maintained an overall grade point average of 3.75 while at UCLA and is a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity.
Future Plans: Brian Murray expects to complete his degree in Business Economics with a minor in Accounting by the spring of 2008. He has been offered a position with Price Waterhouse in their Advisory-Risk, Internal Audit, Compliance and Investigation Group at their Los Angeles office to begin in the summer of 2008. It is Brian’s plan to begin studying for his CPA examinations and GMAT exam before beginning work with Price Waterhouse. His long range plan is to return to graduate school and obtain his MBA and then return to work in the private sector.
What does the scholarship mean to me?: I am both extremely excited and grateful for having been chosen as the recipient of the Gumbiner, Savett, Inc. scholarship for the 2007-2008 academic year. The scholarship will allow me to not work during my last school year to UCLA while concentrating on my studies. I also plan to start studying for my CPA exams and the GMAT exam during 2007-2008 and the scholarship will also help ease the financial burden of studying for those exams without having to work while also completing my last year of studies at UCLA. As important as the monetary assistance that the scholarship provides me, the pride in having been chosen as the recipient is even more rewarding. I am both fortunate and proud at having been recognized by Gumbiner, Savett, Inc. as being worthy of this scholarship.