Matthew Crosby

2005 The Gumbiner Savett Inc. Scholarship Recipient

Biography: Matt is a fourth year student, majoring in Business Economics and Political Science with a minor in Accounting. Over the past three years, Matt has been active in the Office of Residential Life, serving as a Resident Assistant in Canyon Point for the past two years. Furthermore, Matt has helped run Beta Alpha Psi as the Vice President of Compliance for the past two years, and is the Offsite Coordinator for Volunteer Income Tax Assistance. Matt is also a member of the Student Accounting Society and the Regents’ Scholars Society, and was formerly a Tutor Supervisor at Athletic Tutorials. In his spare time, Matt enjoys playing basketball, tennis, and billiards, as well as reading about current events and investing.

Future Plans: This past summer, Matt worked as a Tax Intern in Deloitte and Touche’s Orange County office. He will be working at Deloitte after graduation in Lead Tax Services, and also plans on earning a Masters in Business Taxation to further his future career in tax. In addition, Matt plans on sitting for the CPA exam this summer, and would like to earn a Certified Financial Planner license. In the distant future, Matt would like to pursue a law or business degree or both in order to diversify his experiences in the ever changing, exciting world of business.

What does the scholarship mean to me?: I am truly grateful and honored to receive the Gumbiner, Savett Scholarship, both as means to pay for my educational and living expenses and as recognition of my collegiate achievements. This scholarship is helping me to reach my goal of paying my way through college, while allowing me to spend more time focusing on my studies. Moreover, I deeply appreciate the recognition of Gumbiner Savett Inc. as a leading, local accounting firm with strong roots in the UCLA community. The Gumbiner, Savett Scholarship represents to me the generosity of the UCLA alumni, and inspires me to give back likewise.

Jing Ming

2006 The Gumbiner Savett Inc. Scholarship Recipient

Biography: Jing Ming is a fourth-year Business Economics major and Minor in Accounting. As an international student from China, she has had to adapt to a new language, culture, and educational system. She has maintained academic excellence since she came to the United States four years ago, but still enjoys traveling, watching television, and sharing the Chinese food that she has cooked for her friends in her spare time.

Future Plans: Jing is in the process of searching for a full-time career position, with her goal being working for one of the Big Four accounting firms. She is very interested in international tax and plans to work on the CPA exam after graduation. Jing wants to transfer to her firm’s China office after working in the United States for several years.

What does the scholarship mean to me?: I am very thankful to Gumbiner Savett for providing this scholarship to me. It means not only financial help with my tuition, but also recognition of the time and work I have devoted to accounting and economics studies. It encourages me to keep working hard and to pursue an accounting career in the future.

Brian Murray

2007 The Gumbiner Savett Inc. Scholarship Recipient

Biography: Brian Murray is a fourth year student majoring in Business Economics. He graduated with the class of 2004 from San Ramon High School in Danville, California. He will graduate in 2008 with a major in Business Economics and a minor in Accounting. Since coming to UCLA, Brian has worked as an intern with Sperry Van Ness, a nationwide commercial real estate company during which time he obtained his California Real Estate license. This summer he completed an internship with Price Waterhouse in their Advisory-Risk, Internal Audit, Compliance and Investigation Group. Since his freshman year Brian has been a member of UCLA’s Project Literacy program, which is a volunteer organization that provides tutoring and mentoring to underprivileged children. For the past two years he has been elected as the director of finance for the Project Literacy program and is responsible for preparing and presenting funding applications to obtain financial backing for the program. He has also worked since his sophomore year as a private tutor. Brian has been a member of UCLA’s club soccer tem and has been elected both team captain and president of the club over the past two years. He has maintained an overall grade point average of 3.75 while at UCLA and is a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity.

Future Plans: Brian Murray expects to complete his degree in Business Economics with a minor in Accounting by the spring of 2008. He has been offered a position with Price Waterhouse in their Advisory-Risk, Internal Audit, Compliance and Investigation Group at their Los Angeles office to begin in the summer of 2008. It is Brian’s plan to begin studying for his CPA examinations and GMAT exam before beginning work with Price Waterhouse. His long range plan is to return to graduate school and obtain his MBA and then return to work in the private sector.

What does the scholarship mean to me?: I am both extremely excited and grateful for having been chosen as the recipient of the Gumbiner, Savett, Inc. scholarship for the 2007-2008 academic year. The scholarship will allow me to not work during my last school year to UCLA while concentrating on my studies. I also plan to start studying for my CPA exams and the GMAT exam during 2007-2008 and the scholarship will also help ease the financial burden of studying for those exams without having to work while also completing my last year of studies at UCLA. As important as the monetary assistance that the scholarship provides me, the pride in having been chosen as the recipient is even more rewarding. I am both fortunate and proud at having been recognized by Gumbiner, Savett, Inc. as being worthy of this scholarship.

Bryant Ramirez

2008 The Gumbiner Savett Inc. Scholarship Recipient

Biography: Bryant Ramirez is a third-year student at UCLA, majoring in Business Economics and minoring in Accounting, and Film, Television & Digital Media. Born and raised in Oxnard, California, he graduated from Oxnard High School in 2006 as Salutatorian. During his UCLA Career, Bryant has pursued various leadership and professional opportunities. Throughout his second year, he was President of Future Business Leaders of America – Phi Beta Lambda, a student organization at UCLA that strives to educate students on how to successfully pursue careers in business. In addition, Bryant has interned at Citigroup as a productivity consultant and at Ernst & Young as a tax intern. In his spare time, Bryant enjoys playing music, including playing guitar and singing, traveling and talking politics.

Future Plans: Bryant plans to graduate in 2010 in Business Economics with College Honors. He intends to pursue a career in accounting or consulting. Bryant plans to earn a Masters in Business Administration in the future, as well as travel abroad, in both a personal and professional context, to develop a more well-rounded worldview.

What does the scholarship mean to me?: I am honored and grateful for being selected as the recipient of the Gumbiner, Savett, Inc. scholarship this year. With this additional support, I am better able to focus on my studies and preparing for my career goals in the near future. In addition, this award provides me with more time to participate in extracurricular activities on campus and to become more involved in my community. Since the financial support for my education has come almost solely from my parents and my personal savings from internship and part-time earnings, any outside support is deeply appreciated. Overall, I am humbled by being the recipient of this prestigious award. With this recognition, I am only more encouraged to strive to succeed towards my future goals. I sincerely thank Gumbiner, Savett, Inc. for their support of my education.

Naytri Shroff

2009 The Gumbiner Savett Inc. Scholarship Recipient

Biography: Naytri Shroff is a third year Business Economics major with a double minor in Global Studies & Accounting. Currently, Naytri balances her academic and extra-curricular activities while working as an Economics tutor through the Academic Advancement Program. She is the President of Bruin Consulting and also interns at the botique investment bank, Gemini Partners in Los Angeles. She also serves her fellow student body as a mentor in the AAP Career Advisory Network. While serving as Hedrick Summit’s Community Service Chair, she helped spearhead a quarterly benefit for hospitals in developing countries. In summer 2009, she studied the European Union’s economic development and governance with the UCLA Travel Study International Business Program in Paris and Brussels. In her spare time, Naytri enjoys hip-hop dance, snowboarding and international travel.

Future Plans: Currently, Naytri is pursuing a summer internship in the field of finance. She is looking to place at a top investment bank in the Los Angeles area. She hopes that the experience will progress into an opportunity to work full-time in finance after graduating in June 2011. In the future, Naytri is deciding between further work in finance or private equity as well as earning a Masters in Business Administration.

What does the scholarship mean to me?: I am truly grateful and honored to receive the Gumbiner, Savett, Inc scholarship. This financial support will help tremendously as I continue to pay for college individually. Given these hard economic times and rising tuition costs, this scholarship will ease my financial burden and enable me to focus on my academic and extra-curricular commitments. It is a true motivation to work harder and strive further in my collegial pursuits. Thus, I will be able to help future UCLA students in the same manner. I am proud and thankful that UCLA has such wonderful support from donors such as Gumbiner, Savett, Inc.

Eva Mak

2010 The Gumbiner Savett Inc. Scholarship Recipient

Biography: Eva Mak is a third year Business-Economics major, with a double minor in Accounting and Public Health. Originally from San Jose, California, Eva had the opportunity to intern this past summer in the Tax/Industry Services Group for PricewaterhouseCoopers in San Jose. In summer 2009, she studied abroad at King’s College, Cambridge, in England. She took courses in economics, history, and philosophy. Eva also had the opportunity to join the UCLA Travel Study program in Shanghai. She was able to learn more about business and development in China in 2008. While at UCLA, she has been involved as the Finance Director for Bruin Consulting, the Marketing Director for Net Impact Undergrad, a teaching assistant for Prof. Boss’ Mgmt 108 course on Business Law, a discussion leader for Education 92F, as well as an active member of the Alumni Scholars Club. In her free time, Eva enjoys reading, swimming, and watching the Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

Future Plans: Currently, Eva is focused on broadening her horizons by looking into other internship or job opportunities in accounting, finance, or consulting. She hopes to obtain her B.A. in Business- Economics within the next year. One of her aspirations is to eventually attend law school. She will be preparing for the LSAT this year and work on enhancing her UCLA experiences to prepare her for any graduate opportunities.

What does the scholarship mean to me?: I feel absolutely honored to have received this year’s Gumbiner, Savett, Inc. Scholarship. This award has truly helped me in numerous ways. It takes off the burden of the student loan I would have had to obtain in order to continue my education at UCLA. With this award, I am able to shift my focus from financial worries to more academic and professional endeavors.

Noga Alon

2011 The Gumbiner Savett Inc. Scholarship Recipient

Biography: Noga Alon is a fourth-year student studying economics with a minor in accounting. Born and raised in Israel, Noga moved to Sacramento with her family when she was ten years old. After graduating from high school in Sacramento, she decided to attend UCLA due to the diverse student population the campus offered. At UCLA, Noga has been actively involved with Hillel, acting as a vice president her third year. She also interned at the Economic Mission of the Israeli Consulate earlier that year to gain an understanding of governmental economics and trade. Noga spent two quarters studying abroad in Israel, taking courses in politics, economics, business ethics, and art history. This past summer she interned with Ernst & Young in the assurance practice in their Los Angeles office. Noga worked on clients ranging from large health care providers to small music publishing companies, extending her knowledge of practical accounting. During her spare time, Noga enjoys reading, exercising, and spending time with her family.

Future Plans: As Noga enters her final year at UCLA, she hopes to finish all of her CPA sitting requirements along with the bachelor’s degree. During the summer, she hopes to finish the four CPA tests and then go to work for a Big 4 public accounting firm.

What does the scholarship mean to me?: I am honored to have received the Gumbiner, Savett, Inc. Scholarship for this academic year. This scholarship helps take the financial burden off me and my family in these tough economic times, and move me forward in my path to financial independence. Due to this scholarship, I will be able to concentrate more on my academic achievements this final year. It is through the generosity of this donor that I will be able to focus more of my attention on academic and professional ventures as opposed to financial complications. I am grateful to Gumbiner, Savett, Inc. for providing me with this opportunity.

Danny Vivier

2014 The Gumbiner Savett Inc. Scholarship Recipient

Biography: Danny is a fourth year Business Economics student from San Diego, California. He was raised by parents Dave and Joanne Vivier and has two younger brothers, Michael and Stephen. While attending UCLA, Danny has held leadership roles for the Undergraduate Business Society, Bruin Consulting, and the Disney Club of UCLA. In addition, Danny has completed several internships in the fields of wealth management, consulting, and investment banking. Outside of school and professional development, Danny enjoys landscape photography, UCLA athletics, and playing basketball. He is incredibly thankful and humbled to have been awarded the Gumbiner Savett Inc. Endowed Undergraduate Prize.

Future Plans: This past summer Danny completed a 10-week investment banking internship with Morgan Stanley. At the end of the 10 weeks he was offered a full time position post-graduation and immediately accepted. Danny plans to work for Morgan Stanley for the next two years before deciding to return to school and pursue his MBA, or continue in finance. If he chooses to return to school, Danny would like to attend a competitive university that would surround him with ambitious entrepreneurs who he could potentially partner with in starting his own business. If he chooses to continue in finance, Danny will likely pursue a career in private equity. Long term, Danny hopes to develop a career that services his life, rather than developing a life that services his career. He prioritizes faith, family, and friendship above all else and will allow those priorities to shape his professional ambitions.

What does the scholarship mean to me?: Like all other recipients, this scholarship will go a long way in helping to reduce my financial burdens. It is a huge blessing to be able to receive an education from this university without drowning in debt. Thanks to this scholarship, help from my family, and summer work, I am blessed to say that I will leave college without a debilitating amount of debt. Furthermore, this scholarship provides a kind of recognition for all of my hard work over the course of the last four years. I am humbled by the award and encouraged to rightfully represent this university, this scholarship, and myself in the years to come.

Calvin Huyen

2015 The Gumbiner Savett Inc. Scholarship Recipient

Biography: Calvin Huyen is currently a third-year student majoring in Business-Economics and minoring in Accounting. He was born and raised in the San Gabriel Valley area of Los Angeles County. Calvin is involved at UCLA with Beta Alpha Psi, a nationally recognized accounting honors society as their officer of compliance. He enjoys learning to cook new dishes, longboarding, and attending concerts. Having completed summer 2015 abroad, he has also grown to enjoy traveling, and wishes to be able to experience a multitude of different cultures and languages in his lifetime. Calvin is very humbled and gives many thanks for being awarded the Gumbiner, Savett, Inc. Scholarship.

Future Plans: Calvin plans to start his career in accounting and is still deciding between public and private accounting. After graduation, he plans to take the CPA exam as soon as possible to open up later career options. He plans to work for a few years before returning to school to get a MBA. He hopes that a MBA will allow him to try out a different career path, possibly in finance or consulting, build a strong network wherever he goes, and find work that is meaningful and fulfilling to him. In addition, Calvin hopes that future success will allow him to give back to future Bruins.

What does the scholarship mean to me?: This scholarship will reduce a substantial amount of my financial burden, enabling me to focus more time and effort into school than worrying about my personal finances. It means a lot to me because I will be able to enjoy my time in college more, and leave with a more manageable amount of debt. Because of this scholarship, I believe that it will be easier for me to find an internship that will transition into a full-time job after graduation, allowing me to fulfill my financial obligations. I am truly thankful for this award.