Mansour Rabbanian

2013 The Lawrence and Joan E. Henderson Fund Recipient

Biography: Mansour Rabbanian grew up in Beverly Hills and attended Hillel Hebrew Academy Middle School and YULA High School. He served as student body president in both schools. Mansour was captain of his high school’s varsity tennis team from his sophomore year until he graduated. Although he took great interest in both mathematics and history, he ultimately decided to pursue a degree in Business Economics at UCLA, one of the school’s most challenging courses of study.
Mansour is currently interning at a real estate management firm, where he is learning the ins and outs of real estate financing and investing. He finds it very gratifying to apply his academic studies to a real-life business setting. Mansour also takes pleasure in exploring entrepreneurial ideas and bringing them to life. He plays basketball and follows the Los Angeles Clippers.

Future Plans: After receiving his B.A., Mansour plans to pursue graduate education in the field of real estate. He intends to work in the realm of real estate and investment and eventually to start his own firm.

What does the scholarship mean to me?: Receiving the Anderson Scholarship means a lot to me and it will be of substantial help. This scholarship will allow me to invest more time in my studies and cut down on my work hours. It is very important to me to make the most of my educational opportunities and to focus on my education to the greatest extent I can while I am at UCLA. The peace of mind that this scholarship gives me and the sense of accomplishment and pride I take in it are truly priceless. I would like to thank the Anderson family for their generosity and for their commitment to supporting business economics education and academic merit.

Jiayin Tong

2014 The Lawrence and Joan E. Henderson Fund Recipient

Biography: Jiayin Tong is a third year student from Singapore who is pursuing the Business Economics major, along with Accounting and Global Studies minors. Motivated to pursue a business career by enrolling in UCLA’s esteemed Economics department and have an opportunity to live independently overseas, she made the decision to study abroad. She has spent her time in college to the fullest, by actively participating and holding leadership positions in campus organizations such as Ascend, VITA and Economics Roundtable. She has also interned at Oppenheimer’s asset management group and Ernst & Young’s financial services advisory team, where she was able to learn and utilize her knowledge in the real work environment. In her free time, Jiayin enjoys travelling, hiking, cooking and music.

Future Plans: Following her previous internships at Oppenheimer and Ernst & Young, Jiayin will be joining the Business Advisory practice within the Financial Services Office at Ernst & Young after graduation where she will be engaged in management consulting work. In the long run, she hopes to pursue a Master in Business Administration (MBA) and also become a Certified Financial Analyst (CFA), using technical financial knowledge to provide business solutions to clients. Eventually, it is also her dream to open a restaurant or café down the road.

What does the scholarship mean to me?: I am incredibly honored and humbled to receive this scholarship. The award will help to relieve much of my financial burden of rising tuition costs, especially for an international student like myself, and allow me to pursue my educational and career goals with greater freedom and flexibility. The recognition and support given by the Anderson family have motivated me to continue working towards my goals with determination and never forget the importance of giving back to the community. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Anderson family for their generosity and dedication in supporting students.

Lizzie Yuting Ma

2015 The Lawrence and Joan E. Henderson Fund Recipient

Biography: Lizzie (Yuting) is a third-year Business Economics student with minors in Accounting and Russian Language. Upon coming to UCLA as a Pre-Business Economics student, Lizzie was uncertain about developing a career out of her area of study. However, after attending a variety of recruiting events last year, she found herself extremely passionate about a future career in public accounting, particularly, tax services. Apart from career interests, Lizzie spends a considerable amount of time working on campus and holding leadership positions. She also plays piano, writes songs and novels, and enjoys calligraphy and landscape painting.

Future Plans: After attending summer leadership programs at several accounting firms, Lizzie accepted a tax internship offer from PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) for summer 2016. At this point in her life, she is ready commit herself to becoming a future tax professional and will be preparing for the Certificated Public Accountant (CPA) exam upon graduation.

What does the scholarship mean to me?: It was my greatest honor to have been selected as a recipient of the scholarship. The award will absolutely go a long way towards reducing my financial burden and allow me concentrate most of my time on academics and career development. I would really like to express my deepest gratitude for the generosity of the Anderson family. Their recognition and support have motivated me to strive for higher life goals and to look forward to giving back to the community that has inspired me the most.