To Luiz Arruda, a first-generation student growing up in a small town in Brazil, attending a renowned American university was a distant dream. However, through his hard work, he was admitted to USF and received the Latin American and Caribbean Scholarship.

A senior graduating in May 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in finance and a minor in economics, Arruda has maintained an overall grade-point average of 3.89 and an in-major GPA of 4.0. He is also a member of the Corporate Mentor Program.

Arruda has served as an equity research analyst for the University of South Florida’s Student Managed Investment Fund where his responsibilities include identifying attractive investments and pitching stocks to an advisory board comprised of seasoned investment professionals. He is also a student leader for INTO at USF, guiding international students to complete their orientation duties and mentoring and supporting them through their transitions into the university.

In addition, Arruda spent a year-and-a-half performing research with the history department at USF, where his group received the Research in Excellence Award.

After graduation, Arruda plans on pursuing a master’s degree in finance and investments and attaining a Chartered Financial Analyst certification. He is expected to graduate in May 2017 with an overall grade-point average of 3.9.