O’Melveny Celebrates 15th Anniversary of New York Scholarship Program

May 18, 2017


NEW YORK — May 18, 2017 — O’Melveny will present scholarship awards to 15 deserving students from New York City public schools at the firm’s 15th Annual New York Scholarship Awards ceremony, which will take place on May 22, 2017, at 6:00 pm in the firm’s New York office.

Each year, O’Melveny’s New York Scholarship Program honors public high school students—three from each borough—who are selected through an application and interview process in collaboration with the Fund for Public Schools. The program’s unique structure combines crucial financial support with college readiness workshops and professional mentoring. The awards are intended to empower students who show tremendous promise but face significant financial and other obstacles to realizing their college and career aspirations.

“For the past 15 years, O’Melveny has been providing college scholarships to New York City public high school students who demonstrate the firm’s values of excellence, leadership, and citizenship,” said Jeffrey Kohn, managing partner of O'Melveny's New York office. “By providing financial assistance for college, in addition to mentorship and professional guidance to these remarkable young individuals, O’Melveny is honored to help them achieve their long-term career and life goals.”

The reception will include remarks from Kohn as well as a keynote speech from Adel Elzanie, a 2012 O’Melveny scholar who is now attending medical school. 

A Few Key Facts About O’Melveny’s Scholarship Programs:

  • O’Melveny's New York Scholarship program has awarded more than US$1.75 million to 210 public high school students in New York since the program’s inception in 2003. 
  • Across all of its offices worldwide, O’Melveny has contributed or committed more than US$9 million dollars in scholarship awards for students in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Shanghai, and Beijing. 
  • O’Melveny Scholars have graduated from colleges and universities such as Barnard College, Boston University, Bowdoin College, Cornell University, New York University, University of Pennsylvania, and Vassar College. 
  • Many O’Melveny Scholars have established rewarding careers in the public and private sectors, including one that became an O'Melveny lawyer.

Members of the media interested in attending the event should contact Emily Lattal at elattal@omm.com or 212-326-2285 for press credentials.

About O’Melveny
O’Melveny’s clients shape markets, set precedents, and break boundaries. They are stalwarts and innovators, the names you trust and the next big thing. And for more than a century, O’Melveny has been right beside them, kicking down walls and putting up defenses to help our clients achieve their most important goals. With approximately 700 lawyers in 15 offices worldwide guided by the principles of excellence, leadership, and citizenship, we uphold a tradition of treating our clients’ challenges and opportunities as our own. What do you want to achieve? For the answers, please visit www.omm.com.

About the Fund for Public Schools 
The Fund for Public Schools is dedicated to improving New York City’s public schools by attracting private investment in schools and encouraging greater involvement by all New Yorkers in the education of our children. The Fund plays a pivotal role in improving public education in New York City by strengthening the New York City Department of Education’s relationship with the private sector, securing funding for critical reform initiatives, helping businesses to create partnerships and programs that support city schools, and promoting the value of public schools. The Fund is a nonprofit organization. For more information about the Fund for Public Schools, visit www.fundforpublicschools.org.

Emily Lattal 
O’Melveny & Myers LLP