O’Melveny Awards US$160,000 in Scholarships to LAUSD Students

June 02, 2011





Julie Fei                                                    Sonja Steptoe            

O’Melveny & Myers LLP                          O’Melveny & Myers LLP

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LOS ANGELES, CA--JUNE 2, 2011--O’Melveny & Myers LLP, the largest and oldest firm in Los Angeles, will hold its 21st annual O’Melveny & Myers LLP Scholarship Dinner to honor eight academically promising fifth graders from O’Melveny Elementary School in San Fernando, CA. The students will each receive the O’Melveny Scholastic Encouragement Award and a US$20,000 scholarship covering four years of college expenses.


The dinner will be held on Tuesday, June 7, 2011, starting at 5:00 pm at the Sheraton Universal Hotel, 333 Universal Hollywood Drive, Universal City, CA, 91608.


The scholarships are awarded by the 126-year-old firm to the designated scholars upon graduation from high school and enrollment in an accredited institution of higher education. The education awards are designed both 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 annual US$5,000 grants can be used for tuition, books, and other educational expenses during college.


A few key facts from the O’Melveny Scholarships’ remarkable 20-year history:

  • The O’Melveny Scholarship Program has offered 184 LAUSD students a helping hand in realizing their dreams of attending college.
  • The Firm has distributed more than US$1 million to O’Melveny Elementary students. 
  • In total, O’Melveny has contributed more than US$3 million dollars in scholarship awards for students in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Shanghai, and Beijing.
  • O’Melveny Scholars have graduated from universities such as MIT, Brown University, Stanford, USC, and UCLA.
  • Many of the Scholars have gone on to rewarding careers in the public and private sectors, including two who have returned to work at O’Melveny Elementary School.
  • Two current Firm employees, Carmen Gutierrez and Jonathan Mendoza, are past O’Melveny Scholars.


Among those attending the O’Melveny Scholarship Dinner:

  • The 2011 O’Melveny Scholars
  • The 2004 O’Melveny Scholars, all eight of whom have satisfied the program’s requirements and are now college-bound high school graduates
  • Yolanda Guerra, Director of School Services, “Principal Leader”, Local District 2, Los Angeles Unified School District
  • O’Melveny Elementary School administrators and faculty
  • O’Melveny lawyers and staff members who participate in the O’Melveny & Myers Scholar Mentor Program, offering guidance and support in connection with the students’ scholastic pursuits


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