O’Melveny Scholarships Reach More Than US$5 Million in Awards to Los Angeles Students

May 21, 2015



Julie Fei
O’Melveny & Myers LLP

LOS ANGELES, CA—May 21, 2015—O’Melveny & Myers LLP remains committed to one of its founding principles—giving back to the community. A hallmark of that community service is the Firm’s scholarship program, which now spans the globe with nearly a dozen events a year. In Los Angeles, where O’Melveny was founded 130 years ago, the Firm has promised more than US$5 million to Los Angeles Unified School district students. On May 28 and May 29, 2015, the Firm will recognize a combined 30 Los Angeles students at the O’Melveny Scholarship dinner and the Warren Christopher Scholarship luncheon.

Celebrating 25 years of the O’Melveny Scholarship program, the Firm will honor 16 academically promising students at a dinner on May 28 at the Sheraton Universal Hotel, bringing the total number of designated US$20,000 four-year college scholarships to 220. David Holmquist, General Counsel at Los Angeles Unified School District, and Congressman Tony Cárdenas, United States Congress, 29th District of California, are scheduled to speak at the event. The keynote speaker is O’Melveny Scholar Jesus Perez, the middle son of Mexican immigrants, who used his 1995 scholarship to obtain a degree in mechanical engineering from MIT and went on to become a Senior Principal Mechanical Engineer in the thermal design and analysis group working on airborne radar and sensor systems at Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems. Perez is the vice chair of the Board of Directors for DIY Girls, one of the founding members and current external vice president for the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers’ South Bay Los Angeles chapter, and on the advisory board for the Adelante Young Men conference.

Another scholar will keynote the 21st annual Warren Christopher Scholarship event on May 29 at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Anne Kim, a 2002 scholarship recipient who earned a bachelor’s degree at UC Berkeley and a master’s degree at Harvard, has dedicated herself to public service. As the assistant deputy in Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas’ office, Kim focuses on policies that affect the well-being of Los Angeles County residents. She also prepares future leaders through her work with the New Leaders Council, the Warren Christopher Scholar network, and numerous college fairs. After being seriously injured in a car/bike collision, Kim made a complete recovery and now participates in marathons, triathlons, and bike races to raise awareness for various social and health causes.

The Warren Christopher Scholarship luncheon will recognize the highest number of scholars in its history with 14 sophomores being eligible to receive the US$20,000 scholarship, payable at US$5,000 per year during the four years of college. To date, the program has awarded 196 exceptional LAUSD students with four-year college scholarships. While most scholarships are awarded to students in their senior year of high school, both O’Melveny scholarship programs are set apart by nurturing talent at a younger age. The goal of the programs is to motivate the scholars to excel throughout school—despite often crushing adversity—and to attend and graduate from college.

Members of the media are welcome to attend either event and images and student bios are available upon request. If you’re interested in covering the program(s), please contact Julie Fei at jfei@omm.com  or 213-430-7792.

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