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

May 29, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Julie Fei                                                          Andrea Rodeschini    

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

213.430.7792                                                  212.326.2251

213.440.7792  (cell)                                       

jfei@omm.com                                                arodeschini@omm.com

           

LOS ANGELES, CA--MAY 29, 2012--O’Melveny & Myers LLP, one of the largest and oldest firms in Los Angeles, will hold its 22nd 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 5, 2012, starting at 5 pm at the Sheraton Universal Hotel, 333 Universal Hollywood Drive, Universal City, CA, 91608. Pulitzer-prize winning journalist Hector Tobar will serve as the guest speaker at this inspiring event. A son of Guatemalan immigrants, Tobar is a Los Angeles Times columnist who has covered news from the Mexico City and Buenos Aires bureaus and written three books. He is the recent winner of the 2012 California Book Award Gold Medal for Fiction for his latest novel, “The Barbarian Nurseries.”

 

The scholarships are awarded by the 127-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 scholarships can be used for tuition, books, and other educational expenses during college.

 

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

  • The O’Melveny Scholarship Program has offered 196 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 five who have returned to work at O’Melveny Elementary School.

 

Among those attending the O’Melveny Scholarship Dinner:

  • The 2012 O’Melveny Scholars
  • The 2005 O’Melveny Scholars, all eight of whom have satisfied the program’s requirements and are now college-bound high school graduates
  • Lucky Hemphill, Director of School Services, LA Unified School District (Ret.)
  • John Laco, O’Melveny partner and chairman of the O’Melveny Scholarship Committee
  • Gordy Krischer, retired partner, O’Melveny Scholarship Committee
  • 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

 

About O’Melveny & Myers LLP

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