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WABC-TV Eyewitness News: Queens Teenager Left Homeless by Fire Wins College Scholarship

May 31, 2019

In its May 30 broadcast of Eyewitness News at 11, WABC-TV reported on O’Melveny’s New York Scholarship Program, which has awarded nearly $2 million in college scholarships to more than 200 New York City public high school students since its inception in 2003.

The segment focused on Maritza Campoverde, a 16-year-old scholarship winner who was left homeless in May 2018 after a fire tore through a Queens apartment building where she and her family lived. Despite losing almost everything in the blaze, Maritza remained focused on her school work, maintaining a near-perfect GPA.

“It was hard, but I always had to prioritize my education because I’ve always been a person who wants to succeed,” Maritza said in her interview with WABC-TV.

O’Melveny Chair Bradley J. Butwin was featured in the story, as he awarded a scholarship to Maritza and 14 other students.

O’Melveny partner and New York Office Head Jeffrey Kohn was also interviewed by WABC-TV. He discussed how tuition assistance is only part of what the scholarship program offers students.

“They also get connected with an attorney or staff member and we will continue to mentor them. And in many cases, we will see them later on,” Kohn said.

View the segment here or below. Clip courtesy of Jim Dolan / Eyewitness News / WABC-TV.