Westcove Announces its First Endowment Recipient at UCLA Anderson
LOS ANGELES, CA – March 22, 2023 – In January 2022, Westcove announced that it established the Westcove Partners Endowment, a $500,000 endowment to be awarded to underrepresented full-time MBA students at the UCLA Anderson School of Management (“UCLA Anderson”). This partnership with UCLA Anderson and the Anderson Leadership Giving Challenge was created to help underrepresented full-time MBA students by removing the financial stress and burden of pursuing higher education and professional opportunities. Westcove is proud to announce its first endowment recipient: Cassandra Ronquillo, a member of the UCLA Anderson Class of 2024.
In speaking about how receiving the Westcove Partners Endowment impacted her decision to pursue an MBA program, Cassandra stated, “for many years, I rarely entertained the idea of going back to school mostly because of the deep cost and opportunity costs associated with an MBA program. It did not seem like a realistic dream for someone whose family is not subsidizing. The Westcove Partners Endowment means a lot to me and receiving it ensured that this unrealistic dream became a reality, and I am so pleased and feel a sense of pride and privilege to be pursuing my MBA at UCLA Anderson, especially with the Westcove fellowship.”
Justin Hand, Founder and Managing Director of Westcove and UCLA Anderson alum (‘09) said, “we are thrilled that Cassandra is the inaugural Westcove Partners Endowment recipient. It fills us with tremendous pride to be a part of her MBA journey. We established the endowment to lower the barrier to entry for students and future business leaders like Cassandra to pursue an MBA at UCLA Anderson and wish her the best of luck as she pursues her dreams.”
“Thank you for Westcove’s support and contributions to our students and making a difference in their learning, and their time here at Anderson”, stated Gary Fraser, Associate Dean of MBA program at UCLA Anderson. “We are grateful for the Westcove Partners Endowment, and I am confident that it will continue to empower future MBA students at our school to pursue their dreams as it has done for Cassandra.”
About Westcove Partners
Westcove Partners is a leading healthcare-focused investment bank that specializes in advising its clients through mergers & acquisitions, debt, and equity financings, as well as other complex corporate finance transactions. The team focuses on founder operated businesses and seeks to curate its advisory services according to the intricacies that come with these types of businesses. In addition, Westcove contributes a portion of its fees to philanthropic efforts and impact investments.