O'Melveny To Honor NY Scholarship Winners at Tweed Courthouse Ceremony

May 10, 2016


NEW YORK — May 10, 2016 — O’Melveny will award college scholarships to 15 talented public high school juniors from across New York City at the firm’s 14th Annual New York Scholarship Awards ceremony on May 25, 2016, at 6:00 p.m. at the Tweed Courthouse. For the third year running, the ceremony will feature remarks from New York City Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña, who has praised O’Melveny’s program as a “phenomenal” model for the private sector’s support of public education. 

O’Melveny’s New York Scholarship Program partners with the Fund for Public Schools and the New York City Department of Education to encourage high school juniors who demonstrate the firm’s values of excellence, leadership, and a commitment to community service to continue to excel. Each year, the firm provides scholarships to three students from a public high school in each of the five boroughs: Bronx Leadership Academy High School, Brooklyn’s Benjamin Banneker Academy for Community Development, Manhattan’s Thurgood Marshall Academy for Learning and Social Change, Queens’ High School for Arts and Business, and Staten Island’s Curtis High School. The Program has awarded nearly US$1.5 million to New York City public high school students since its inception in 2003, and O’Melveny has awarded more than US$9 million in scholarships globally since 1992, when the firm began awarding scholarships in honor of O’Melveny’s former Chairman and later Secretary of State, Warren Christopher.

The 2016 O’Melveny Scholars were selected through an extensive application process that included a review of the students’ financial need, GPA and attendance records, enrollment in college preparatory classes, and community involvement. Each school then nominated the top applicants to submit essays and recommendations to an O’Melveny committee of attorneys and staff, who interviewed the applicants and selected the scholars.

In addition to the monetary support the scholarships provide, the scholars are offered college readiness workshops and mentoring from O’Melveny employees, who volunteer to provide support and guidance throughout the college admission process and beyond.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for these scholarship winners, and I thank O’Melveny for making a real difference in these students’ lives and the Fund for Public Schools for their support of this program. When we build strong, ongoing relationships between our schools and the private sector, it’s not just our students who benefit – it’s our businesses and our City as a whole,” said Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña.

In addition to Chancellor Fariña’s speech, the ceremony will include remarks from 2004 O’Melveny Scholar Ayda Zugay, interim executive director of NewCo Boston, as well as Jeffrey Kohn, managing partner of O’Melveny’s New York office.

O’Melveny will provide biographies of the 2016 scholarship recipients at the awards ceremony on May 25, 2016, at the Tweed Courthouse. 

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 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. 

Emily Lattal
O’Melveny & Myers LLP