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O'Melveny & Myers to Award College Scholarships to Outstanding Underserved San Francisco Public High School Students

Students from Balboa High School to Be Honored

March 21 , 2006 - San Francisco —Balboa High School will be announcing the establishment of the O'Melveny & Myers  college scholarship awards program for students of San Francisco 's Balboa High School , where for seven years The Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF) has sponsored the unique School-to-College Program. The goal of both the O'Melveny & Myers scholarship and BASF's School-to-College program is to encourage students to stay in school, succeed academically, and pursue a college education. The announcement will be made at a school assembly which will be held on Wednesday, March 22, 2006 at 9am. Balboa High School is located at 1000 Cayuga Avenue, San Francisco. Members of the media are welcome to attend

O'Melveny & Myers Scholarship Awards are college scholarships reserved for promising 10th grade students attending Balboa High School . Each year, one student will be selected from a group of three candidates nominated by a scholarship committee of school administrators, counselors, and teachers. This student will be designated an "O'Melveny Scholar," and will receive up to a $20,000 college sponsorship, payable at a rate of $5,000 for each year of attendance in a two-or four-year accredited college program.

Darin Snyder, managing partner of O'Melveny & Myers' San Francisco office, said, "O'Melveny Scholars will demonstrate uncompromising excellence, distinctive leadership and a commitment to community service - the same values that drive our firm." Snyder continued, "All of us at O'Melveny & Myers look forward to making a meaningful difference at Balboa High School and in the lives of the students who will receive these scholarships."

The other candidates will each receive a one-time award of $1,000, payable during his or her first year at an accredited college. During the 2006 inaugural year, O'Melveny & Myers will designate one 10th grade student, one 11th grade student, and one 12th grade student to be O'Melveny Scholars, and award six $1,000 scholarships.

"I want to thank the O'Melveny & Myers law firm for its commitment to public education and for creating a scholarship program that will help our children meet the great challenges of a college education," said Patricia Gray, principal of Balboa High School .

The BASF School-to-College program provides tutoring, essay-writing and SAT preparation courses for Balboa students. It also takes the students, many of who have never been out of San Francisco , on an East Coast college trip to universities and colleges in New York City and Boston . Martha Whetstone, Executive Director of The Bar Association of San Francisco, said, "We at BASF applaud the O'Melveny & Myers Scholarship Awards Program, which is a prime example of how the private sector can provide a program that paves the way to a promising future for public school students. As we have learned through our School-to-College program, these efforts turn students lives around by enabling them to realize their dreams. "

O'Melveny & Myers has contributed over $3 million dollars during the past fifteen years in scholarship awards for inner-city youth in Los Angeles and New York in the United States , and in Beijing and Shanghai , China . The O'Melveny Scholarship Program and The Warren Christopher Scholarship Program, established by the firm to honor its former chairman and the former U.S. Secretary of State, have provided hundreds of students a helping hand in realizing their dreams of attending college. Award recipients have graduated from universities including MIT, Brown, Stanford and UC Berkeley.

The Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF) is a nonprofit voluntary membership organization of over 8,000 attorneys, law students and legal professionals in the Bay Area. Founded in 1872, BASF is one of the largest and most dynamic metropolitan bar associations in the U.S., with a long and distinguished record of community action, public service and service to the legal profession.

Questions about media relations, BASF issues currently in the news, San Francisco Attorney magazine, marketing and communications:

Ann Murphy, Director of Communications & Public Relations
(415) 782-9000 x8792

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Sayre Happich, Assistant Director of Communications & Public Relations
(415) 782-9000 x8104