Paul Vancea has won the 2013 National Association for Business Economics (NABE) Foundation — American for the Arts scholarship award.  This scholarship is given to an outstanding student who integrates the Arts into the economic education process.  The scholarship carries an award of $5,000 and an all-expense paid trip to the NABE Economic Policy Conference in Washington DC.

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Paul Vancea, Brandeis class of 2014, is majoring in business, economics, and film studies.  Paul moved to the United States from Romania with his family when he was 14. In high school, Paul was MVP of his football, wrestling and track teams while working full-time with his family’s business and maintaining a nearly perfect GPA. In his freshman year at Brandeis, Paul and a roommate initiated a student health and fitness club. In their first event, the club hosted a panel of experts to discuss various aspects of healthy lifestyles, i.e., fitness, nutrition, sleep and stress management. In addition, in his sophomore year, Paul and another roommate started a media production company; for their first major project they are working with Hollywood producer, Damon Lee, to create a YouTube series about Faith, a bi-racial girl from Florida, as she decides to go to college in Boston. Throughout this series Faith explains how she had to go through a series of unfortunate events to gain complete trust in God.

Last summer, Paul interned at Albright Stonebridge Group, a global consulting firm in DC founded by former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, former Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs and Segal Fellowship founder, Samuel “Sandy” Berger. In addition, as Segal fellows, Paul and Aaron Chalek used their lunch breaks and spare time during their internship in DC to make a pilot documentary about Eli J. Segal, a legend in politics and business. With this video they hope to share with the Segal Fellows the opportunity to better know Eli with the help from some of his closest friends and associates. Paul hopes this project can serve as a blueprint for a potential full-length documentary about Eli J. Segal and the US national service movement.

Paul will intern with the film production and marketing company, Viewpoint Creative during the spring semester. In the summer, he plans to either intern in Hollywood, or with a venture capital firm.


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