Valerie (Xiaoying) Huang

2018 Harold R. Mortenson Endowed Scholarship Recipient

Biography: Valerie Huang is a third year student from China. She is pursuing a B.A in Business Economics and a B.S in Statistics. Valerie actively participates in student organizations, such as the Bruin Sports Analytics club. She is also conducting research under the guidance of Professor Han Du (Quantitative Psychology Department). Valerie is eager to learn new things and likes to take on challenges. She wants to make a difference in her community after she graduates. Outside her academics, Valerie is a big fan of tennis.

Future Plan: After graduating from UCLA, Valerie hopes to pursue a career as a business analyst because she is eager to solve business problems by integrating both her economics knowledge and data analysis skills. Valerie also plans on attending graduate school and pursuing an MBA or a master’s degree in Statistics in 5-7 years, after gaining some real-world experience in the industry.

What does the scholarship mean to me?: I am extremely humble and honored to be the recipient of the Harold R. Mortenson Scholarship. I am very thankful for the donors for their generosity. This scholarship is a recognition of my diligence and achievements, and I am really grateful for that. This scholarship helps to alleviate my financial burdens and allows me to work for fewer hours and focus more on academics and professional development. I was deeply inspired by this scholarship and hope to give back to the community and help other students in the future.