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Bryan Cave LLP Awards Edward I. Koch Scholarships to Students from Brooklyn School for Collaborative Studies

June 4, 2015

New York, June 4, 2015 - The international law firm Bryan Cave LLP (www.bryancave.com) today announced the four recipients of The 2015 Bryan Cave LLP Edward I. Koch Scholarship Fund. The scholarship program, part of Bryan Cave’s New York Partner Charitable Contributions Fund and supported by individual donations from each partner in the office, will award $5,000 each to four high school seniors from the Brooklyn School for Collaborative Studies (BCS) (www.bcs448.org), a grade six through 12 public school located between the Carroll Gardens and Red Hook neighborhoods of Brooklyn.

This is the third year the firm has awarded these scholarships in honor of former New York City Mayor Edward Koch, who was a partner at Bryan Cave and its predecessor firm for more than 23 years. The firm held a lunch June 3 at the New York office for the recipients and their families.

All seniors planning to pursue a post-secondary education and in good standing at BCS in 2015 were eligible to apply for the scholarships. Selection was based on a wide range of criteria, including academic record and community involvement, but priority was given to those students intending to pursue a career in law or public service.

“These young adults have distinguished themselves through a passionate commitment to their communities and a desire to achieve their educational goals,” said Vincent Alfieri, managing partner of Bryan Cave’s New York office. “We are inspired by all they have achieved thus far and are excited to see what they will accomplish as they move on to college. We are honored to present them with these scholarships.”

The four recipients of The 2015 Bryan Cave LLP Edward I. Koch Scholarship Fund are:

Luis Andino: Luis is a self-described “techie” who enjoys rebuilding computers and working in his family’s automotive repair business. During his junior year, he was a technology intern with the NYC Department of Consumer Affairs. Luis is captain of the school’s varsity baseball team and a founder of the Brooklyn Reds Little League Organization. He also tutors children and young adults participating in the league. Luis plans to attend Brandeis University and pursue a career in engineering.

Nicole Guzman: An active volunteer in her school and community, Nicole will be the class of 2015 valedictorian. During her junior year, she interned with the Managing Clerk’s Office at Bryan Cave. Nicole is a founding member of the school’s student government and a founding member of its girls’ varsity softball, volleyball and basketball teams. Nicole is passionate about social justice, particularly immigrants’ rights, and plans to pursue these passions at the College of Staten Island.

Andre Knight: A founding member of the school’s chorus and glee club, Andre is committed to the arts. He plays flute, piano and percussion in the school band and is involved with the Irondale Ensemble Project, having played a leading role in an off-Broadway show and written and directed productions with The Young Company. Following his junior year, Andre participated in a three-week immersion experience in Nicaragua with the Global Glimpse program. Andre plans to attend Sarah Lawrence College.

Angela Rodriguez: The president of her church’s youth congregation, Angela also performs with its choral group and volunteers with its Building Management Committee. She is a founding member of the Brother and Sister Support mentoring program at BCS. Following her junior year, Angela also participated in a three-week immersion experience in Nicaragua with the Global Glimpse program. Angela plans to attend Fordham University and hopes to become a teacher.

“We are very grateful to have partnered with Bryan Cave to create new opportunities for our students,” said Joshua Steckel, BCS college counselor and co-author of Hold Fast to Dreams, an award-winning book which follows the experience of 10 NYC public school students working to get to and through college. “Affordability is a critical barrier to higher education for so many young people, and the scholarships granted to each of these exceptional students make it possible for them to attend the school of their choice.”

About the Brooklyn School for Collaborative Studies
The Brooklyn School for Collaborative Studies (www.bcs448.org) is a grade six through 12 public school located between the Carroll Gardens and Red Hook neighborhoods of Brooklyn. Brooklyn School for Collaborative Studies (BCS) is a NYC Outward Bound School. BCS uses the Expeditionary Learning model, which has its roots in Outward Bound. The school is a diverse and respectful community, committed to developing students and staff who are kind, open-minded, persistent, responsible and courageous. With support from peers, staff, families and school partners, students engage in challenging academic and social experiences that prepare them for college level learning and full participation in civic life. Students learn to apply their intellect and effort to beneļ¬t themselves and their community.