O'Melveny Grants US$130,000 Scholarship Awards to College Bound Students

July 01, 2010


Andrea Rodeschini
O'Melveny & Myers LLP

Piper Hall
O'Melveny & Myers LLP

NEW YORK, NY ─ JULY 1, 2010 ─ O’Melveny & Myers LLP presented college scholarships totaling US$130,000 to local public high school students at the Eighth Annual O’Melveny & Myers Scholarship Awards ceremony on Wednesday, June 30, held at the Firm’s New York office. 


The O’Melveny & Myers awards program is organized in conjunction with the Fund for Public Schools and the New York City Department of Education.   The keynote speaker was Johnny Drayton III, a 2004 O’Melveny Scholar, offered sounds advice to this year’s Scholars and shared how the Scholarship Program empowered him with the confidence to graduate from high school and enroll in a 4-year college.  Anna May Feige, Director, Office of Strategic Partnerships, New York City Department of Education, also spoke at the event.


Fifteen eleventh-grade students, three from public high schools in each of the five New York City boroughs, were selected through an application and interview process based on grade point average, attendance, enrollment in college preparatory classes, financial need, and community involvement.  Five of the O’Melveny Scholars - one per high school - will receive a scholarship of US$6,000 for each consecutive year of their college education.  The ten remaining scholars will each receive US$1,000 upon graduating high school.


The O’Melveny & Myers Scholarship Awards in New York were established in 2003 to encourage high school juniors demonstrating uncompromising excellence, distinctive leadership, and a commitment to community service to continue to excel and realize their dream of attending college.  Since the program’s inception, nearly US$1 million has been awarded to New York City public high school students.  In 2007, O’Melveny & Myers implemented a mentoring program in which the Firm’s lawyers are paired with each of the 15 scholarship and grant recipients, and assist the scholars during their college selection program while building a positive relationship.


About O’Melveny & Myers LLP

With approximately 1,000 lawyers in 14 offices worldwide, O’Melveny & Myers LLP helps industry leaders across a broad array of sectors manage the complex challenges of succeeding in the global economy. We are a values-driven law firm, guided by the principles of excellence, leadership, and citizenship. Our commitment to these values is reflected in our dedication to improving access to justice through pro bono work and championing initiatives that increase the diversity of the legal profession. For more information, 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 school 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 the public schools.  The Fund is a nonprofit organization.  For more information about the Fund for Public Schools, visit www.fundforpublicschools.org