Tara Syed

2005 Business Economics Scholarship Recipient

Biography: Tara Syed is a 4th year Business Economics major and will be graduating in June of 2006. She is originally from the San Francisco Bay Area and would like to return there upon graduation. She is very interested in community service, and is an active member of the Bruin Belles Service Association at UCLA, where she is serving as Public Relations Director. Her other volunteer work includes fundraising and participating as staff for the California YMCA Youth & Government program. Tara enjoys politics, watching sports, spending time with her friends and family, and much more. She is also a very avid jazz fan.

Future Plans: After graduation from UCLA, Tara hopes to be able to obtain valuable work experience in either the Consulting or Accounting industry. She feels that her skills would be best employed in these fields and is currently in pursuit of a position. Eventually she would like to obtain a graduate degree and become an executive.

What does the scholarship mean to me?: I am extremely honored to be the recipient of such a wonderful scholarship. The grant that I have been given will surely help me reach my educational as well as my career goals, and I know that it will motivate me to do great things. It has already inspired me to work as hard as I can in my last year at UCLA and to put forth as much effort as possible into making a difference on campus and in the world in general. I am grateful to be given this opportunity and cannot express how much it means to me.

Brook Fraser

2014 Business Economics Scholarship Recipient

Biography: Brooke Fraser is a Business Economics and Communications double major at UCLA. She plans to graduate with honors and is also pursuing College and Departmental Honors. Brooke is a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society, Alpha Lambda Delta/Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Societies, Alpha Phi Sorority, Alumni Scholars Club, Campus Crusades, and the UCLA Debate Team. She has served in leadership roles for several student organizations, including Bruin A1C a diabetes awareness group that she founded her junior year. Her internship and work experience has been in both the business and non-profit sectors and she interned this past summer in the management consulting industry with L.E.K.

Future Plans: Brooke will return to L.E.K. in September 2015 to begin a full time career as an Associate. In the long term, she aspires to earn a dual J.D./MBA degree and to assist nonprofit organizations in making the financial and legal decisions necessary to magnify their impact.

What does the scholarship mean to me?: This scholarship is one of the greatest expressions of generosity I have experienced at UCLA. The Business Economics department is filled with the most incredible students and faculty, people whom I have truly come to admire. To have been selected for this scholarship from their midst is an indescribable honor. This scholarship will allow me to pursue my dream of a dual M.B.A./JD program with the eventual goal of working with international nonprofits.

Sarah Park

2015 Business Economics Scholarship Recipient

Biography: Sarah Park was born in Los Angeles and moved at the age of two to Korea, where she received her primary and secondary education. She became interested in art and fashion during her high-school years, so she decided to attend college in Korea to strengthen her skills in fashion design. At the age of 20, her family moved back to the United States. Sarah firmly believed that this would be a great opportunity to explore cultural diversity and made a bold decision to study in a different country. Currently, she is a senior at UCLA, majoring in Business Economics.

Future Plans: During the remaining years of her undergraduate studies at UCLA, Sarah hopes to further understand business economics to cultivate her aptitude for analyzing marketplace behavior in an optimization view. She wishes to continue her studies in graduate school, focusing on managing scarce resources and allocating these resources in an optimal way including financial resources and human capital resources management. After graduating, she hopes to work in a consulting firm to help companies with optimizing their business strategies.

What does the scholarship mean to me?: I am extremely grateful to be receiving the Business Economics Undergraduate Scholarship Fund Award. After transferring from De Anza College, the tuition at UCLA was a significant burden on my family. Now, my family and I are very thankful that the scholarship significantly alleviates our financial burden. This scholarship allows me to fully concentrate on my academic goals and, more importantly, gives me the confidence and motivation to strive for the highest level of achievements.