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Published Mar 14, 2018 2:45 PM


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Photos courtesy of UCLA Alumni Association.

Spring Sing

Experience UCLA’s longest-running musical tradition and see the most talented Bruins performing song, dance and sketch comedy.

MAY 18 / FRI / 8 P.M. Location: Pauley Pavilion, UCLA. Tickets: On sale starting April 19 (Ticketmaster and at CTO). For information: springsing@alumni.ucla.edu; alumni.ucla.edu/springsing

Social Enterprise Academy: Final Showcase


Watch student teams representing local community organizations pitch innovative business ventures for up to $30,000.

JUNE 8 / FRI / TIME TBA. Location: Northwest Campus Auditorium, UCLA. For information or to register: partnership.ucla.edu/sea

I ? UCLA Week

Come back to campus and celebrate your Bruin pride with a week of activities for alumni and students!

MAY 14 - 18 / MON - FRI / VARIOUS TIMES. Location: UCLA campus. For information:alumni.ucla.edu/traditions/i-heart-ucla-week


A Life-Changing Tradition

The UCLA Alumni Scholars Program is a tradition deeply rooted in the DNA of the UCLA Alumni Association. Since 1936, alumni have been involved in helping UCLA secure the best and brightest students, from the program’s early days — when only a handful of students applied — to today, where more than 2,000 students compete for one of the few merit-based scholarships available to undergraduate Bruins. Overall, roughly 200 students are selected each year to become Alumni Scholars; of these, 20 advance to compete in National Finals.

National Finals is a game-changing spring tradition for students. According to fourth-year Alumni Scholar Nikita Thareja, “National Finals was a turning point for me, both in my decision to come to UCLA and in my confidence in myself as a leader who can bring about change in my community.” More than 100 alumni volunteers spend one Sunday in April judging three rotations of competition designed to identify those exceptional students who will be the leaders of tomorrow.

One might think that the financial reward of the competition is the biggest decisionmaking factor for students. While that is definitely part of the equation, it couldbe argued that the bonds forged with alumni volunteers are even more important. Alumni Scholar Tiana Baghdikian ’17 says, “National Finals was the first opportunity for me to see that my Alumni Scholarship wasn’t just a scholarship to fund my education, but also a network of UCLA alumni dedicated to ensuring that my time at UCLA would be a wonderful experience as well as a stepping stone to my future goals.” An alumni connection made at National Finals turned into a mentorship during Baghdikian’s tenure at UCLA, ultimately securing her a letter of recommendation to Columbia Law School, where she is now pursuing her law degree.

After they’ve been selected, what happens next? Alumni Scholars are automatically part of the Alumni Scholars Club (ASC), which focuses on building community and developing leaders. UCLA is large, but members of ASC are able to have a more personal experience at UCLA. They were selected because of their leadership skills, so ASC creates programming to continue to hone those skills while they are on campus. Leadership development workshops, networking opportunities and mentorship — all powered by Alumni Association membership — provide the tools necessary for Alumni Scholars to be a cut above their competition.

Being a Bruin is more than just a degree you hang on your office wall, the scholars say. It’s about family. Alumni Scholar Audrey Nguyen says, “The Alumni Scholarships Program gave me my first family at UCLA and has inspired me to give back tofellow Bruins in any way I can.”

That family doesn’t exist without you. The Alumni Scholarships Program offers many ways to get involved throughout the year. To learn how you can help, visit alumni.ucla.edu/scholarship-volunteers.

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