In Their Words: Max Downie

Name:  Max Downie

Department: Business Management Economics

What Scholarship or Award did you receive? Blanche Mckenzie Scholarship

What year are you? Was a fourth year when I received the award and now just graduated

College: Rachel Carson College

Where do you call home? San Jose

What is your field of focus? Finance

With all of the choices for college, what made UC Santa Cruz stand out? UC Santa Cruz had everything that I was looking for in a college. I particularly liked the Business Management Economics curriculum and thought it would give me a great foundation to further my career.

What do you hope to do once you graduate from UC Santa Cruz? My future will include a career in finance. On July 10th, I will start a rotational program for Franklin Templeton investments and eventually want to become a financial research analyst. I plan on studying for and completing The Chartered Financial Analyst Program within the next few years as well.

What is one memorable moment that stands out for you as a student here? This is a difficult question as I have many fond memories from my time as a student at UC Santa Cruz. One memorable moment would be joining the Gesher Group Consulting organization on campus. This organization was instrumental in cultivating my passion for career development and provided me with strong work experience.

How will this scholarship/award impact your academic life/research? This scholarship has impacted me greatly, including helping me buy study materials and prepare for The Chartered Financial Analyst Program.