2019 Donald Edward Bragg & Diane Sims Bragg Scholarship Recipient
Biography: Christine Doan is a third year double majoring in Business Economics and Communications. She is a first-generation Vietnamese student and is passionate about empowering marginalized communities and sparking social change. Growing up in a family with little resources, she’s learned the importance of hard-work, perseverance, and advocating for yourself. After excelling in her economics and management courses, she wanted to use her financial knowledge and skillset to give back to her community–she has helped prepare income tax returns through VITA and worked to change collegiate perceptions on financial literacy and wellness through her internship at Pluto Money. She’s also involved in a handful of clubs at UCLA, and when she’s not preparing for culture nights with the Vietnamese Student Union and United Khmer Students or volunteering with Alpha Phi Omega, she’s pursuing her love of dance with Foundations.
Future Plans: This upcoming summer, Christine wants to study abroad in Milan to learn about brand strategy and business communications. With her dual degree, she plans on working as a corporate communications strategist or marketing consultant in the future. After a couple years of working experience, she plans to pursue a Master’s degree.
What does this scholarship mean to me?: I am extremely grateful and honored to receive the Donald Edward Bragg & Diane Sims Bragg Scholarship award. I am humbled by their recognition of my achievements and will continue to work hard to carry the momentum of this success into the future. Prior to receiving this scholarship, I was working multiple work-study jobs to cover the payments for my remaining time at UCLA, and being able to alleviate this financial burden will allow me to focus more on my educational pursuits and internships. To me, receiving this scholarship isn’t just about receiving money, it’s receiving the opportunity to do more as well.