Karen Chan

2009 The Donald Edward Bragg & Diane Sims Bragg Scholarship Recipient

Biography: Karen Chan is a third-year Business Economics major and Accounting minor, working towards graduating within three years. Born and raised in Hong Kong, Karen developed her interest in business and economics as she grew up in this international financial center. Karen holds an overall GPA of 3.98 at UCLA and participates as a member in the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society, and Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society. She also worked at the UCLA School of Public Affairs. To gain a wider exposure to the financial field, Karen completed a summer internship working as a Private Wealth Management Intern at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney and is now interning with the Global Wealth Management Team of Merrill Lynch. In her spare time, Karen enjoys playing the piano, singing and traveling.

Future Plans: After graduating this upcoming spring, Karen plans to pursue a career in the field of investment banking or wealth management before returning to school to earn an MBA. Karen also plans to sit for the CFA exam and work towards engaging in socially responsible business practices.

What does the scholarship mean to me?: I am deeply honored to be named the recipient of the Donald Edward Bragg & Diane Sims Bragg Scholarship this year. With this kind financial support offered by the Bragg Family, I can better focus on my studies and work towards achieving my career goals. This will greatly ease my parents’ financial burden and my pressure to work to finance my living expenses. This recognition of my past achievements encourages me to better equip myself with skills necessary for paving my career path in the future. I would like to take this opportunity to express my deepest gratitude to the Bragg Family for their generous support.