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Daniil Degtyar

2005 The Donald Edward Bragg & Diane Sims Bragg Scholarship Recipient

Biography: Daniil was born and raised in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. At the age of 16 he moved to Cambridge, UK to finish his high school education, spending a year upon graduation traveling in Europe and the Middle East to broaden his horizons and gain exposure to different cultures. Five years ago Daniil moved with his family to California and enrolled in Orange Coast College, balancing school, family obligations and a full-time job. Completing all the lower-division requirements, he transferred to UCLA, where he is now a senior, majoring in Business Economics with a minor in Accounting. His hobbies include reading, guitar improvisation, and soccer.

Future Plans: During the summer of 2005 Daniil worked as an analyst at Cornerstone Research, one of the leading economic and litigation consulting firms. That experience has set a solid foundation for his future career in consulting. Upon his graduation in June, Daniil plans to continue his search for intellectual challenge by joining a consulting firm as an analyst. With accounting and finance being some of his major interests, he also plans to sit for his CPA exams. After three or for years of professional experience, Daniil plans to pursue an MBA, in order to further develop his analytical and leadership skills.

What does the scholarship mean to me?: This scholarship has helped me immensely by alleviating the need to borrow funds to pay for school. Graduating debt-free will allow me to use more of my future disposable income to support my family and save for graduate education, rather than repaying student loans. It is particularly important to me during my senior year, since I can work less and channel more time to academic endeavors and extracurricular activities. By helping me achieve my goals, this scholarship brings closer the moment when I in turn will be able to do my part in helping future UCLA student to follow their dreams.

Nga Yi Chan

2005 The Donald Edward Bragg & Diane Sims Bragg Scholarship Recipient

Biography: As a senior UCLA student, Nga is now majoring in business economic with a minor in accounting. She transferred to UCLA last year. She loves UCLA because of the nice campus, professors and students here.

Future Plans: She is going to graduate next year and planning to work in investment banking or accounting profession. She hopes to go back to business school for graduation education in several years.

What does the scholarship mean to me?: The scholarship is significant to me as I can be more concentrated in my study. I can now put more time and energy on my classes that I really enjoy learning. As a great encouragement, I feel more confident with myself. I am really thankful to UCLA Economic Department.

Chunlee Leung

2006 The Donald Edward Bragg & Diane Sims Bragg Scholarship Recipient

Biography: Chunlee Leung is a proactive and steadfast young woman who longs to become an extraordinary businesswoman. She was born in Guangzhou, China, the daughter of a businessman, grew up in a working-class neighborhood, and now is majoring in Business Economics and minoring in Accounting at UCLA. In order to develop her life outside the financial and psychological shelter that her parents had built for her, Chunlee became determined to study abroad when she was sixteen. Chunlee’s positive attitude and perseverance enable her to fit into any culture. She immediately reached out to her peers after she transferred to UCLA, served in student government, and became involved in several volunteer programs in order to give back to the community. Her enthusiasm for the financial field and her interest in working as a financial advisor has been greatly enhanced as a result of her coursework. Through assisting Professor Sokoloff in the Department of Economics with his research papers, as well as interning at five different corporations, Chunlee has strengthened her analytical skills and built up a solid practical foundation.

Future Plans: Chunlee not only enjoys coming up with business strategies with a group of colleagues, but is also excited to serve clients. Chunlee plans to work as a financial advisor after graduation. Her goal is to focus on strategic aspirations to establish trust relationships with her clients and to serve their financial needs. She ultimately wants to run her own consulting firm.

What does the scholarship mean to me?: I am so glad to be the winner of the Donald Edward Bragg and Diane Sims Bragg Scholarship for the 2006-2007 academic year. The Bragg Scholarship not only satisfies my financial needs, and allows me to concentrate on my academic training and engage in extracurricular activities, but also greatly motivates me to pursue my dream of having my own consulting firm. I strongly believe that success belongs to people who believe in their dreams and work patiently to achieve them. I welcome any challenge that may still lie ahead and embrace them as opportunities to grow and to excel in life.

Jae-eun Kang

2006 The Donald Edward Bragg & Diane Sims Bragg Scholarship Recipient

Biography: Jae-eun Kang grew up in Korea as a rather normal girl; however, when she happened to find a book I Wanted to be Excluded From Korea, written by Sung-Ju Kim, she started to think about her career as a woman business leader. This book, which is the source of her interest in business, motivated her to come to the United States and study it in depth. As soon as she graduated from high school in Korea, Jae-eun came to the U.S. by herself and started her new life here. Although she faced many challenges, such as the language barrier and cultural differences, Jae-eun was able to transfer to UCLA, her dream school. Now, as a senior at UCLA, Jae-eun is majoring in Business Economics with a Minor in Accounting, and has joined many business-related clubs to further explore her interests.

Future Plans: After taking classes for her major at UCLA, Jae-eun found herself being very interested in business, specifically accounting and tax. She is currently interning at an accounting firm to gain experience and to build up the skills that she will need in the near future. Jae-eun would like to work at one of the Big Four accounting firms after completing a graduate degree in accounting/tax and earning her CPA license.

What does the scholarship mean to me?: The Donald Edward & Diane Sims Bragg Scholarship helps me in many ways – not only financially, but also emotionally. As an international student, high tuition fees always worry me. Thanks to this scholarship, I can concentrate on studying instead of worrying. Moreover, with this scholarship it seems as if someone is supporting me, so this makes me feel that I should work harder to repay his or her thanks some day. I also feel that working hard to pursue my goal will bring me success, even though it it not always easy. Thanks again.

Joseph Lei

2007 The Donald Edward Bragg & Diane Sims Bragg Scholarship Recipient

Biography: Mr. Lei was born in Chicago and moved to California when he was three. He entered UCLA as a Computer Science/Electrical Engineering major, but after his first entrepreneurial experience on eBay, he decided to change his major to Business Economics. Ever since then, he has found that business is his true calling, from selling items online to starting and running businesses that provide creative solutions for customers. While Joseph is currently a full time student, he also works as the Founder and CEO of Campus Suits, a company he started that markets professional business attire to college students. Joseph also serves as the Co-Chair of Entrepreneurship with the Asian Professional Exchange (APEX) and sits on the Board of Directors of the Entrepreneur Mentor Society (EMS), a non-profit organization whose mission is to develop and encourage entrepreneurship in all its forms.

Future Plans: After graduation, Joseph plans to continue working part-time with Campus Suits to help expand the business to college campuses across the nation while at the same time pursuing a career in business and intra/entrepreneurship. Joseph plans to travel to Asia and Europe to develop a worldwide perspective and to use that understanding to build responsible businesses that improve lives. Although uncertain in which field he will pursue his career, Joseph has interests in private equity and finance, mergers and acquisitions.

What does the scholarship mean to me?: I am honored to have received this scholarship and will be using it to help cover educational expenses for this coming year. As this year approaches as a trial by fire for Campus Suits, this scholarship will enable me to focus on my studies and provide cash flow support so profits may be reinvested for growth rather than withdrawn to help pay for educational expenses. Receiving this scholarship has made me more aware of others’ belief in me and the expectations of those around me. By receiving this scholarship I hope to continue expanding my horizons through education as well as gaining experience in the business world. These opportunities will enable me to strengthen my weaknesses and develop a solid foundation with which to enter the business world and ultimately give back to this community which has been so supportive of students such as me, thank you.

Raj Dalal

2009 The Donald Edward Bragg & Diane Sims Bragg Scholarship Recipient

Biography: Raj Dalal is a fourth-year Business Economics major and Accounting minor student pursuing College Honors. He was born in Southern California and graduated from El Toro High School, where he was very active in track and field and was Associated Student Body President. During his UCLA Career, Raj has pursued various leadership and professional opportunities. He is involved in the Undergraduate Business Society, serving as manager for the Financial Services Committee. In addition to this, he serves as the Director of Finance for Bruin Finance. Raj completed an internship at Yahoo! in the Corporate Finance Business Development Group this past summer. During the school year, he works as a private tutor for high school students in Beverly Hills. In his spare time, he enjoys surfing, snorkeling and hiking.

Future Plans: Raj plans to graduate in 2010 and intends to pursue a career in investment banking or consulting. Raj plans to attain his Master of Business Administration in the future.

What does the scholarship mean to me?: It is a great honor to be the recipient of the Donald and Diane Bragg Scholarship. I greatly appreciate the financial assistance and moral support the Bragg Family has provided me. I will be using this scholarship to cover my educational expenses for this upcoming year. With less pressure to finance my education by working, I am better able to focus on my studies and prepare for my career goals in the near future. This scholarship will help put me on the path to financial independence but also provides me with renewed determination to further expand my academic and professional endeavors.

Karen Chan

2009 The Donald Edward Bragg & Diane Sims Bragg Scholarship Recipient

Biography: Karen Chan is a third-year Business Economics major and Accounting minor, working towards graduating within three years. Born and raised in Hong Kong, Karen developed her interest in business and economics as she grew up in this international financial center. Karen holds an overall GPA of 3.98 at UCLA and participates as a member in the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society, and Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society. She also worked at the UCLA School of Public Affairs. To gain a wider exposure to the financial field, Karen completed a summer internship working as a Private Wealth Management Intern at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney and is now interning with the Global Wealth Management Team of Merrill Lynch. In her spare time, Karen enjoys playing the piano, singing and traveling.

Future Plans: After graduating this upcoming spring, Karen plans to pursue a career in the field of investment banking or wealth management before returning to school to earn an MBA. Karen also plans to sit for the CFA exam and work towards engaging in socially responsible business practices.

What does the scholarship mean to me?: I am deeply honored to be named the recipient of the Donald Edward Bragg & Diane Sims Bragg Scholarship this year. With this kind financial support offered by the Bragg Family, I can better focus on my studies and work towards achieving my career goals. This will greatly ease my parents’ financial burden and my pressure to work to finance my living expenses. This recognition of my past achievements encourages me to better equip myself with skills necessary for paving my career path in the future. I would like to take this opportunity to express my deepest gratitude to the Bragg Family for their generous support.

Isaac Rose

2010 The Donald Edward Bragg & Diane Sims Bragg Scholarship Recipient

Biography: Isaac Rose is a fourth -year student pursuing the Economics major, with a Minor in Public Policy. During summer 2010, he served as a Business Analyst Summer Intern at ZS Associates. He worked on a case with a major pharmaceutical client to understand the buying process for a particular disease. In summer 2009, he interned with the majority party at the U.S. House of Representative Financial Services Committee in Washington D.C. He worked on policy issues ranging from the new roles of the Federal Reserve and Treasury Department to the international bankruptcy proceedings of Lehman Brothers. Isaac is involved in various activities outside of his academic studies at UCLA, which include being the chairman of both the Wooden Center Board of Governors and the Undergraduate Students Association Finance Committee. He is also actively involved in Bruin Consulting, Dance Marathon, and playing IM dodge ball and soccer. In his free time, Isaac enjoys skiing, reading the New York Times, and talking with interesting people.

Future Plans: Isaac’s future plans are to work for the public good in whatever fashion that may take place. Upon graduating from UCLA, he is interested in a career in strategy or management consulting. Several years down the road, Isaac would like to pursue a Masters in Business Administration.

What does the scholarship mean to me?: I am grateful and honored to be the recipient of The Donald Edward Bragg & Diane Sims Bragg Scholarship. The family’s commitment and dedication to the UCLA Economics Department is commendable. I am personally grateful for the financial assistance the family is providing me this year. One of the greatest assets of this country is the spectacular higher education system. Through scholarships like The Donald Edward Bragg & Diane Sims Bragg Scholarship, more students are given access to learn and expand their minds at this fine institution. Making the decision to attend UCLA has been one of the best decisions of my life. This scholarship is truly allowing me, and all the past recipients of this award, to take full advantage of all the great resources this university has to offer. I am proud that UCLA has such wonderful and generous donors like the Bragg family.

Nick Rasines

2010 The Donald Edward Bragg & Diane Sims Bragg Scholarship Recipient

Biography: Nick Rasines is a fourth-year Business-Economics Student from McKinleyville, California, a small town on the coast near the Oregon border. At McKinleyville High School, Nick excelled in the classroom and was also a decorated athlete in baseball and basketball. At UCLA, Nick has held internship positions at SBE Entertainment, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, Ernst & Young LLP, and recently completed an internship at UBS Investment Bank in New York City. Nick is currently an Investment Banking Director of the Undergraduate Business Society and a member of Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity.

Future Plans: This year, Nick is planning to complete his B.A. in Business-Economics. Upon graduation, Nick has accepted an offer to become an investment banking analyst at J.P.Morgan. After his time in investment banking, Nick is looking to work at a private equity firm and then go back to school to pursue his Masters in Business Administration. Nick is watching the actions of many of his mentors, including investment bankers and private equity executives, in order to better plan his career path to accomplish his career goals. Nick is eventually looking to become a CEO or founder and president of a firm.

What does the scholarship mean to me?: I am truly honored to receive the Donald Edward Bragg & Diane Sims Bragg Scholarship for the 2010-11 school year. This scholarship is extremely important to me as recognition of my dedication to extracurricular activities and academic pursuits. More importantly, this scholarship lightens the financial burden placed upon myself and my family, and gives me further motivation to remain focused on my career goals. I want to sincerely thank Mr. Donald Edward Bragg and Mrs. Diane Sims Bragg for their support of my future educational endeavors.

Karen Chuang

2011 The Donald Edward Bragg & Diane Sims Bragg Scholarship Recipient

Biography: Karen Chuang is a fourth year honors student at UCLA, double majoring in Business Economics and World Arts and Cultures. She is a Director for UCLA’s NSU Modern Hip-Hop Dance Team and a member of the sorority, Kappa Alpha Theta. While attending UCLA, Karen pursued a professional dance career. Some of her most recent credits include Glee, Ellen, and Oprah. She was also a principal dancer for Willow Smith in such projects as the Whip My Hair video, Justin Bieber’s My World tour, and the White House Easter Egg Roll where she met President Obama. In addition to dancing, Karen hosts for the Disney Channel show, Disney 365. Currently, Karen is the VIP/PR Assistant at Versace USA, Inc. In her free time she enjoys yoga, going to farmer’s markets, and reading art blogs. Karen’s greatest inspirations in life are her friends, her older brother Vincent, and most importantly, her parents.

Future Plans: After graduating, Karen plans to continue living her dream of dancing and working in the entertainment industry. Eventually, she intends on attending business school in either the United States or Europe. Her ultimate goal is to combine her passion for dance and her education from UCLA into a career. Karen hopes to spearhead a dance lifestyle brand and organization to generate greater public appreciation for the art form.

What does the scholarship mean to me?: It is an incredible honor to be the 2011-2012 recipient of the Donald Edward Bragg and Diane Sims Bragg Scholarship. The Bragg family’s generosity allows me to continue pursuing my passions inside and outside the academic setting. This scholarship lessens the burden of financing both my education and my outside dance training. And more importantly, the award recognizes my scholastic and extracurricular achievements. It encourages me to remain dedicated to my varied commitments and future career goals. I want to sincerely thank the donors of this scholarship as well as the Bragg family for enriching my undergraduate experience.