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Jennifer Sihn

2005 The Ralph and Shirley Shapiro Scholarship Recipient

Biography: Jennifer Sihn is currently a fourth-year student at UCLA majoring in Business Economics and minoring in Accounting.

Future Plans: After graduating from UCLA, Jennifer plans to work as a Senior Auditor at Ernst & Young. In the long run, she hopes to go to law school and eventually work as a district attorney.

What does the scholarship mean to me?: The Ralph and Shirley Shapiro Scholarship is helping pay my tuition during my final year at UCLA, allowing me to focus on my studies without having to work during the academic year for monetary support.

Nafis Atiqullah

2006 The Ralph and Shirley Shapiro Scholarship Recipient

Biography: Nafis Atiqullah is in his fourth year at UCLA, where he is a Regents Scholar and Robert Byrd Scholar. He is majoring in Business Economics and minoring in Accounting. In preparation for a career in finance, Nafis has held numerous internships, including Merrill Lynch’s Private Banking and Investment Group, and Investment Banking Division while maintaning a full course load and a 4.0 GPA in the Minor in Accounting. Nafis was a Summer Analyst in the Private Wealth Management group at Goldman Sachs in Los Angeles in summer 2005. and for the Technology, Media & Telecom investment banking group of Goldman Sachs in New York this past summer.

Future Plans: On campus, Nafis has served as a research assistant for Professors Lustig and Reber, and was 2005-2006 Grant Director for the Community Service Commission. Nafis plans to undertake an Honors thesis in Economics during his senior year, as well as to explore teaching a student-initiated seminar under the USIE program. Post-graduation, Nafis plans to pursue a career in finance and would like to eventually attend business school. He is especially interested in the intersection between the public and private capital markets, as well as the potential for microfinance to give low-income citizens in developing countries greater access to capital and entrepreneurship opportunities.

What does the scholarship mean to me?: I am extremely honored to be the 2006-2007 recipient of the Ralph and Shirley Shapiro Scholarship. The Scholarship will afford me the financial flexibility to fully concentrate on researching my Honors thesis as well as to prepare a student-initiated seminar. The Scholarship’s emphasis on accounting is especially fitting as I have found UCLA’s academic training in accounting, in addition to the foundation in economics, to be absolutely indispensable throughout my work experience. I am sure that I will utilize the skills taught by the undergraduate accounting program – understanding companies’ operations, capital structures, and overall “story” – throughout my career.

Rebecca Bloom

2007 The Ralph and Shirley Shapiro Scholarship Recipient

Biography: Becky Bloom, a Senior Business Economics major, is very grateful to Mr. & Mrs. Ralph & Shirley Shapiro for their generous support. While at UCLA, she works as an accounting associate for Robert D. Geringer, an attorney and real estate developer in Beverly Hills, on development projects throughout the United States. Originally from Seattle, Washington, she spent time after high school traveling with the Jazz Tap Ensemble and continues to teach classes in and around Los Angeles while pursuing her degree at UCLA. When not working or studying, she spends time with her wonderful husband, Greg.

Future Plans: Becky plans to pursue graduate work in Economics or Finance, and hopes to spend time during her senior year at UCLA pursuing some of her research interests in those fields. She would also like to pursue her CPA license.

What does the scholarship mean to me?: As a student putting myself through college while working, this scholarship is a huge blessing, both financially and emotionally. It is a great feeling to know that my hard work and academic goals are supported by Mr. & Mrs. Shapiro and UCLA, and I look forward to the year to come.

Charles Cheng

2008 The Ralph and Shirley Shapiro Scholarship Recipient

Biography: Charles Cheng is currently in his fourth year at UCLA. He is majoring in Business Economics, along with a minor in Accounting. Charles is an international student from Hong Kong. He went to Santa Monica College and then transferred to UCLA. He has done enough community services to qualify the President award since his arrival in the United States. This is a door open for him to contact more people, to serve the community and to know more about the culture. He really enjoys being a Bruin. He has worked in BearWear and tried to show the Bruin’s energy to all the customers ranging from SoCal to everywhere around the world. The reason why he chose Economics major is that Charles was inspired by his parents’ view and their works in banking, finance and management. This exposed him to the intriguing business world and helped develop his personal interest to this area. This summer, he joined Deloitte as a summer audit intern to gain more practical experience.

Future Plans: After working in Deloitte, Charles plans on sitting for the CPA exam and would like to work in the public accounting or banking industries. In distant future, he would like to earn an MBA and the master of public policy in the United States. This will further his career and polish him to be more all-rounded in order to be successful in the exciting business world. In the distant future, he would like to establish his own companies in poor countries and hope this can help the people to get out from the poverty.

What does the scholarship mean to me?: I am very fortunate to be the recipient of The Ralph and Shirley Shapiro Scholarship. It reduces my financial burden and gives me more time to prepare my schoolwork. Besides, this scholarship is a very good award to confirm my accomplishment. It motivates me a lot to keep on pursuing my dream as well as working harder in my future life. UCLA gives students good foundation in accounting and economics. I hope I can make full use of my knowledge and my experience to help others understand more about the financial industry. In my last year in UCLA, I will devote myself to make the campus different and to achieve a higher academic goal.

Tek Ngai Wong

2009 The Ralph and Shirley Shapiro Scholarship Recipient

Biography: As an international student originally from Macau, Tek Ngai Wong was raised there until the age of seventeen. He decided to come to the States because of its accredited education. After spending two years at De Anza College, he successfully transferred to UCLA with a major in Business Economics and Minor in Accounting. He has maintained a 3.9+ GPA and serves as a financial director of the Hong Kong Student Society at UCLA. Tek enjoys dealing with people and sharpening his soft skills. During his free time, he also enjoys working out at the gym, playing basketball, soccer and spending time with his friends.

Future Plans: After some years in the United States, Tek plans to obtain his master’s degree in financial mathematics or accounting in the United Kingdom. Tek would also like to get his CPA and CFA a few years later since it will equip him with sufficient knowledge to develop his career in casinos and to be a financial analyst or controller in Macau.

What does the scholarship mean to me?: I am very proud and grateful to be the recipient of the Ralph and Shirley Shapiro Scholarship for the 2009- 2010 academic year. I really thank them for this prestigious award. Besides easing my financial burdens, it gives me the great resource to broaden my cultural horizons in my last year of college. I also want to take this chance to thank Mr. & Mrs. Shapiro and the Economics Department for providing this opportunity. I will make the best use of it.

Xiangfeng Cao

2010 The Ralph and Shirley Shapiro Scholarship Recipient

Biography: Xiangfeng Cao was born into a business-oriented family. She grew up spending a lot of time in her mother’s grocery store. Growing up around a family business has helped Xiangfeng develop a strong interest in owning a business of her own. When she was only thirteen, she was able to work independently at the flea market, generating great sales revenue on her own. Even though she had the intelligence and skill level necessary to gain admission into a business school, which was her dream, she was not able to because her father strongly opposed the idea. After a few years, Xiangfeng realized she still had a burning desire to develop her own business. In order to understand business and economics and to figure out how it could help her in her future business career, she decided to take a few economics courses. Xiangfeng spent two years at Santa Barbara City College (SBCC) and then transferred to UCLA in 2009. Presently, she is pursuing a major in Business-Economics, with a Minor in Accounting. She has striven for academic excellence and maintains almost a 4.0 GPA. Xiangfeng enthusiastically participates in community activities. She was a volunteer of the CSSA–Chinese Students and Scholar Association at SBCC. She helped organize various events of CSSA each year. Xiangfeng voluntarily tutored many of her fellow classmates at Santa Barbara City College, and continues to do so for her classmates at UCLA. She tries her best to help others. She greatly enjoys sharing her study strategies and experiences with others. She is so delighted to see their progress and accomplishments as a result of her help.

Future Plans: Xiangfeng’s current academic plan is to complete the major in Business Economics, with a Minor in Accounting. Her long-term career goal is to become a CPA. She feels accounting will offer her a steady career path in the financial world that could lead to other related fields such as investment banking or financial analysis. Xiangfeng will also continue to try to find business opportunities and wishes to create her own business some day.

What does the scholarship mean to me?: I am very much honored to be selected as the recipient of The Ralph and Shirley Shapiro Scholarship this year. The scholarship will greatly help me continue my academic education. It will help to pay part of my tuition and to purchase accounting and economics books, as well as supplies, which I was unable to pay for previously due to my financial burden. I love to read different books related to economics, accounting, and business. Reading more professional books will give me a great opportunity to understand different aspects of accounting and help me to learn the frontiers of economics and business. The scholarship also serves as an exciting challenge for me to maintain and improve my level of achievement before graduation. Overall, the Ralph and Shirley Shapiro Scholarship can help me to further my professional education and career goals that I have set for myself. It will, in turn, help me to start a true career in a field related to business, economics, and accounting.

Melanie (Mini) Johnson

2011 The Ralph and Shirley Shapiro Scholarship Recipient

Biography: Melanie (Mimi) Johnson is a fourth-year student pursuing a double major in Business-Economics and Psychology, with a minor in Accounting. Mimi grew up in Redondo Beach, which made it very easy for her to decide that she wanted to stay in beautiful Southern California. Mimi is an active participant and committee leader in the Alumni Scholars Club, Student Accounting Society, Beta Alpha Psi Accounting Honors Society, and Psi Chi Psychology Honors Society. She enjoys community service and continues her work with students with special needs on campus. In her free time, Mimi loves spending time with friends and family, traveling surfing, swimming, running, and relaxing at the beach.

Future Plans: Mimi intends to work full-time after graduation with a public accounting firm and hopes to earn her CPA license and continue a career in public or private accounting. She is looking into earning her Masters in Business Administration or a Juris Doctor degree in the future.

What does the scholarship mean to me?: I am truly honored to be awarded the Ralph and Shirley Shapiro Scholarship. This scholarship is greatly appreciated. It will allow me to continue to devote my time in finishing a top notch education at UCLA. With less pressure to finance my education, I will be able to focus more on academics, research, and community service in my final year. Furthermore, I will be able to continue to take advantage of the numerous career-oriented workshops and events on campus that help me cultivate the skills necessary to achieve my professional goals. Additionally, I will relieve the burden on my parents and embark on the path to financial independence. This award recognizes my past achievements and encourages me to continue my hard work and dedication to my studies and activities. I would like to thank the donors of the Ralph and Shirley Shapiro Scholarship for providing me with this opportunity.

Nicolas Waizman

2012 The Ralph and Shirley Shapiro Scholarship Recipient

Biography: Nicolas (Nick) Waizman is a fourth-year student pursuing a Business Economics degree, with a Minor in Accounting. Nick was born in Madrid, Spain, and has since lived in Montevideo, Uruguay, Los Angeles, and San Diego. After graduating from high school, Nick chose to stay in Southern California due to its impeccable weather and diversity of ideas. Nick is very passionate about the environment and maintains an active role in his fraternity, Alpha Epsilon Pi, as the Environmental Chair. At UCLA, Nick has had the opportunity to be a participant in a community service trip to Uruguay through Hillel as well as study abroad in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for six months through the UCEAP program. Further, Nick has gained valuable insight into the fields of accounting and finance after holding internship positions at Sony Electronics, Sony Pictures, and Deloitte LLP. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with friends and family, traveling, playing sports, and learning about new cultures.

Future Plans: Upon graduation, Nick will begin a career in the assurance practice at Deloitte LLP in Los Angeles and will look to earn his CPA license soon after. After considerable work experience, Nick plans to pursue his MBA in the field of sustainable business in the hopes that one day he will be in charge of a sustainable development program within Latin America. In addition, Nick plans on traveling to all seven continents and becoming fluent in at least four languages.

What does the scholarship mean to me?: I am truly honored to be named the recipient of the Ralph and Shirley Shapiro Scholarship. This award recognizes the hard work and dedication I have put forth in my past achievements and encourages me to continue my hard work and dedication to my studies and activities. This scholarship will allow me to continue to devote my time to finishing my degree at this renowned institution. With less pressure to finance my education, I will be able to focus more on academics and community involvement in my final year. Additionally, I will relieve the burden on my parents and embark on the path to financial independence. Once again, I would like to thank the donors of the Ralph and Shirley Shapiro Scholarship for their generosity.

Jun Ki Jeong

2013 The Ralph and Shirley Shapiro Scholarship Recipient

Biography: Jun Ki Jeong is a junior at UCLA with an Economics major, Accounting Minor, and is also considering a Specialization in Computing. He was born in Suwon, Korea, and moved to Torrance, California, with his family when he was in high school about six years ago. Although he did not have any interest in accounting While he was studying at El Camino College prior to transferring to UCLA, that changed after taking Management 127A, an individual tax law and policy, at UCLA. Furthermore, through his accounting internship and working as a part-time junior accountant at a local CPA firm, he has decided accounting is a career that he wants to pursue after college. He is currently looking for a full-time accounting internship so he can use what he is learning in his Accounting Minor and current work into real use as an accounting professional.

Future Plans: As a junior, Jun Ki is waiting for result from accounting internship interviews with public accounting firms. Based on the result, he will work as an accounting intern during the summer. Upon graduation in Spring Quarter 2015, he plans to participate in a volunteer trip around the world before he starts working full-time in the field of accounting. He plans to earn his CPA license not long after.I would like to express my attitude to Mr. and Mrs. Shapiro. I am extremely honored to be the recipient of the Ralph and Shirley Shapiro Scholarship. This scholarship will definitely be a big help for me to overcome financial hardships and allow me to put more effort into my academic work. I will be able to focus more on my studies and reduce my work hours with this scholarship.

What does the scholarship mean to me?: The Ralph and Shirley Shapiro Scholarship will help pay for my educational and living expenses. I am extremely honored to have been selected for this award.

Qianyi Zhao

2014 The Ralph and Shirley Shapiro Scholarship Recipient

Biography: Qianyi Zhao is a fourth-year student pursuing a Business Economics and Statistics double major with an Accounting minor. Born and raised in Beijing, China, Qianyi was proudly nurtured in the traditional Chinese culture, until she came to UCLA at the age of 18. At UCLA, Qianyi discovered her strong interests in numbers and in regulations by taking Accounting classes and volunteering at VITA. These experiences led her to choose public accounting as her intended career. In her spare time, Qianyi likes to swim, play the piano, and cook.

Future Plans: Qianyi is preparing for the CPA exams and hopes to pass all four exams before she graduates in June 2015. Upon her graduation with College Honors, Qianyi will join the US Tax Consulting Group in one of the Big Four accounting firms in China. In her early years of career, she hopes to gain a deep understanding in the US Tax system and to build a strong client circle. Her ultimate career goal is to run her own tax advisory firm to assist Chinese private investors in doing business in the US.

What does the scholarship mean to me?: I truly appreciate Mr. and Mrs. Shapiro’s generous support on my undergraduate studies and intended career in public accounting. The Ralph & Shirley Shapiro Scholarship will greatly help me prepare for the upcoming CPA exams. It encourages me to take courses through the UCLA Extension program. In the future, I hope to give back to UCLA just as Mr. and Mrs. Shapiro gave to me.