2014 The Lawrence and Joan E. Henderson Fund Recipient
Biography: Jiayin Tong is a third year student from Singapore who is pursuing the Business Economics major, along with Accounting and Global Studies minors. Motivated to pursue a business career by enrolling in UCLA’s esteemed Economics department and have an opportunity to live independently overseas, she made the decision to study abroad. She has spent her time in college to the fullest, by actively participating and holding leadership positions in campus organizations such as Ascend, VITA and Economics Roundtable. She has also interned at Oppenheimer’s asset management group and Ernst & Young’s financial services advisory team, where she was able to learn and utilize her knowledge in the real work environment. In her free time, Jiayin enjoys travelling, hiking, cooking and music.
Future Plans: Following her previous internships at Oppenheimer and Ernst & Young, Jiayin will be joining the Business Advisory practice within the Financial Services Office at Ernst & Young after graduation where she will be engaged in management consulting work. In the long run, she hopes to pursue a Master in Business Administration (MBA) and also become a Certified Financial Analyst (CFA), using technical financial knowledge to provide business solutions to clients. Eventually, it is also her dream to open a restaurant or café down the road.
What does the scholarship mean to me?: I am incredibly honored and humbled to receive this scholarship. The award will help to relieve much of my financial burden of rising tuition costs, especially for an international student like myself, and allow me to pursue my educational and career goals with greater freedom and flexibility. The recognition and support given by the Anderson family have motivated me to continue working towards my goals with determination and never forget the importance of giving back to the community. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Anderson family for their generosity and dedication in supporting students.