O’Melveny Awards US$140,000 in Scholarships to LAUSD Students

June 05, 2017


LOS ANGELES, CA—June 5, 2017—O’Melveny, one of the largest and oldest law firms in Los Angeles, will hold its 27th annual O’Melveny Scholarship Dinner to honor 15 academically promising students. At the dinner, eight fifth graders from LAUSD’s O’Melveny Elementary School in San Fernando will receive an O’Melveny Scholastic Encouragement Award, making them eligible to receive, upon graduation from high school, a US$20,000 scholarship covering four years of college expenses. In addition, seven O’Melveny scholars who are now college-bound high school graduates, each of whom has satisfied the program’s requirements, will receive their four-year scholarships.

The dinner will be held on Tuesday, June 6, 2017, starting at 5 pm at the Sheraton Universal Hotel, 333 Universal Hollywood Drive, Universal City, CA, 91608. Members of the press are welcome, please contact Julie Fei at jfei@omm.com for media credentials.

This year’s keynote speaker is Madeline Janis, Executive Director of Jobs to Move America, which is a coalition of more than 30 groups dedicated to ensuring that public transit development funds are spent wisely, creating better results for our communities. Before founding Jobs to Move America in 2013, she co-founded and served as national policy director of the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE). Under her stewardship as executive director from 1993 to 2012, LAANE became an influential leader in the effort to build a new economy based on good jobs, thriving communities and a healthy environment. From 2002 to 2012, Janis served as a volunteer commissioner of the City of Los Angeles’ Community Redevelopment Agency.

O’Melveny scholars receive their scholarship from the 132-year-old firm upon their graduation from high school and enrollment in an accredited institution of higher education. The Scholastic Encouragement Awards are given to fifth graders graduating from O’Melveny Elementary School to recognize the elementary school students’ early scholastic merit and to serve as an incentive to make academic achievement a definite part of their future plans. The college students’ annual US$5,000 scholarships may be used for tuition, books, and other educational expenses. 

A few key facts from the O’Melveny Scholarships’ remarkable 20-plus-year history:
  • The O’Melveny Scholarship Program has offered 228 LAUSD students a helping hand in realizing their dreams of attending college.
  • The firm has distributed more than US$1.75 million to O’Melveny Elementary students.
  • O’Melveny Scholars have graduated from universities such as MIT, Brown University, Stanford, USC, and UCLA.
  • Sixty-four O’Melveny Scholars currently attend high school, middle school, or elementary school, and 158 have attended college or are working toward a degree. To date, 50 O’Melveny Scholars have graduated college.
  • Many O’Melveny Scholars have established rewarding careers in the public and private sectors, including five who have returned to work at O’Melveny Elementary School.
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Julie Fei