Jim Harger understands the importance of giving back to his alma mater. Jim said, “Today, a UCLA education costs more than 10 times what my parents spent on me in the late ‘70s… So knowing that my endowment will help make it a little easier for some UCLA engineers in perpetuity is very fulfilling.”
Taj and Asad Madni are firm believers that a successful career that does not result in philanthropy is an incomplete career. They further believe that there is no greater way to give back than to touch the life of a young student.
I intend to become a leader in engineering, but worrying about student loan debt will hold me back. My scholarship donor’s generosity came at the perfect time… Contributions to students let us focus on the real reason we became Bruins: to show the world our hard work will produce the greatest results.
The Berman Scholarship has had a tremendous impact on my career as a student. I come from a middle-class family that does not qualify for financial aid, so the scholarship eases the burden on my family and allows me to focus more fully on my studies instead of searching for other sources of income.
If you were to ask me what it means to be an engineer… I would say it means a life of observing the world around you, finding tangible solutions and, most importantly, having the courage to implement them. …Engineering will always be substantial part of my life. Thank you all for your support.