Samuel Shi

Gumbiner Savett Inc. Endowed Undergraduate Prize Recipient

Biography: Samuel (Lecheng) Shi is a senior double majoring in Applied Mathematics with a Specialization in Computing and Economics. Samuel was born and raised in Jiangsu, China, and spent four years in Singapore before coming to Los Angeles for undergraduate studies. Within UCLA, Samuel actively involves in many student organizations, including Bruin Hedge Fund, 3 Day Startup at UCLA, and Bruin Ventures. He is passionate about investing and technology and intrigued to see the dynamics of how they can impact and transform societies.

Future Plans: Samuel will be joining a private equity firm based in Denver as an investment analyst upon graduation. By working with portfolio companies and screening for potential investment opportunities, he hopes to develop a better understanding of what “value” means for different stakeholders and how to identify and create “value” for teams, organizations, and companies.

What does this scholarship mean to me? I am immensely grateful to the donors of the Gumbiner Savett Inc. Endowed Undergraduate Prize and UCLA Department Economics for providing this opportunity. The scholarship lightens my financial burden, which allows me to concentrate on the most crucial aspects of college: learning and exploring. It motivates me to continue to pursue excellence in academics, work, and life. Once again, thank you so much for your kindness, and I would cherish the excellent opportunity to develop further my interest in economics and finance; hopefully, one day I could also contribute back to the growing Bruin family.