Bryan Cave LLP Establishes Scholarship in Honor of Ed Koch with Brooklyn School for Collaborative Studies

February 28, 2013
NEW YORK (February 28, 2013) – Partners of the New York office of Bryan Cave LLP (www.bryancave.com), the international law firm, have launched a $25,000 scholarship fund in honor of their late partner, former New York City Mayor Edward I. Koch. The scholarship will benefit students from the Brooklyn School for Collaborative Studies (www.bcs448.org), a grade 6 through 12 public school located in Carroll Gardens/Red Hook, Brooklyn.

The Bryan Cave Edward I. Koch Scholarship Fund will provide five high school seniors with $5,000 scholarships to pursue post secondary education. Students in good standing at BCS in 2013 and who are pursuing an education at an accredited vocational/technical school, college, or university are eligible to apply for the scholarship.

“Ed was a partner at Bryan Cave for more than 23 years and his loss has been felt by everyone in our firm,” said Vincent Alfieri, Managing Partner of Bryan Cave’s New York office. “This is a fitting tribute to Ed's lifelong commitment to public service and to his historic achievements on behalf of New York City. We are very proud to be working with the Brooklyn School for Collaborative Studies to honor Ed with this scholarship and to help young people achieve their goals.”

The selection process for the scholarship will be based on a number of different criteria, including academic performance, teacher recommendations and community involvement, with priority given to those students who wish to pursue a degree related to public service or the law.

“We are very grateful to be working with Bryan Cave on this scholarship initiative in honor of Ed Koch,” said Joshua Steckel, the College Counselor at the Brooklyn School for Collaborative Studies. “We work so closely with our students and families to open doors to highly selective colleges at BCS, but the cost of higher education can make it very difficult for families to afford to take advantage of these opportunities. Through generous efforts like this, we are able to help our families bring the best possible educational outcomes within reach. The initiative will make a tremendous difference in the lives of our students.”

The scholarships will be awarded in the spring of 2013, and the recipients will be celebrated at a lunch in the firm’s mid-town Manhattan office.

Bryan Cave LLP (www.bryancave.com) has a diversified international legal practice. The firm represents a wide variety of business, financial, institutional and individual clients, including publicly held multinational corporations, large and mid-sized privately held companies, partnerships and emerging companies. Subsidiary Bryan Cave International Consulting provides trade and customs consultancy. Aided by extensive investments in technology, Bryan Cave’s more than 1,100 lawyers and other professionals in over 30 offices across the United States, the United Kingdom, Continental Europe and Asia efficiently serve clients’ needs in the world’s key business and financial markets.

The Brooklyn School for Collaborative Studies (www.bcs448.org) is a grade 6 through 12 public school located in Carroll Gardens/Red Hook, Brooklyn. The school is a diverse and respectful Expeditionary Learning School, 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 benefit themselves and their community.

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