Brownstein Fellowship

Michael Brownstein '99 Memorial Gap Year Fellowship Program

The Michael Brownstein '99 Memorial Gap Year Fellowship Program ("Brownstein Fellowship") was established at Harvard-Westlake School in 2008 to perpetuate the spirit and memory of Michael Brownstein '99, a young man with a strong humanitarian spirit and sense of social justice whose life was tragically cut short in a June 2007 accident, but not before he lived his life to the fullest, passionately pursuing life-affirming experiences through extensive travel.  As Harvard-Westlake strives to prepare its students to be global citizens of the 21st century, we want to embrace, encourage and promote the concept of a gap year.  Thus, the Brownstein Fellowship will be awarded to a member(s) of the senior class based upon a proposal for a "gap year" experience that incorporates both travel and service to others.  The award will be an amount up to $10,000 in 2016 to be used toward expenses of the proposed gap year experience.

The Brownstein Fellowship proposal can include experiences such as cultural immersion or academic enrichment in a foreign country combined with service or volunteer work.  It is up to the applicant to define the scope of the experience.  Examples might include volunteering at a bio-reserve associated with a language school in Guatemala; coaching, teaching and working in an AIDS clinic in Tanzania; building houses worldwide; working a construction internship with a builder/mountaineer in Alaska; or some combination of the above.   The length of time does not have to cover one contiguous time period but could be broken up into segments, if desired.

If you have any questions, please contact , Director of the Kutler Center.

Links to current and previous Brownstein Fellow blogs:

  • Jordan Brown Close

    2016

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    <p>T<span>raveled to Costa Rica, New Orleans, and India to focus on sustrainability</span>.</p>
  • George NoonanClose

    2016

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    <p><span>Traveled to China to focus on development</span></p>
  • Sarah WinshelClose

    2015

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    <p>Worked on Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and travelled to Africa to focus on child development</p>
  • Jaird MeyerClose

    2015

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    <p>Interned in India with a company that specializes in water projects before traveling to Nepal to focus on rebuilding efforts.</p>
  • Conor BelfieldClose

    2014

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    <p>Taught in Ecuador, focus on the agricultural system in Bolivia and National Outdoor Leadership Program in India.</p>
  • Eojin ChoiClose

    2014

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    <p>Traveled to Nepal (to work on health education), Galapagos (conservation project), Tanzania (journalism internship), and New Zealand (farming).</p>
  • Greg ZatzkisClose

    2013

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    <p>Youth International program in Asia, International School for Earth Studies in Quebec, and traveled and taught English in Nepal and Japan. (gzatzkis@yahoo.com)</p>
  • David LimClose

    2013

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    <p>Traveled to Korea, including a temple-stay, Projects Abroad Medicine program in India, Rustic Pathways program in Thailand, teaching English in Costa Rica. (dslim23@gmail.com)</p>
  • Steven RingClose

    2012

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    <p>Outdoors and physical work through the Conservation Corps across the west and farming in other parts of the country. (stevenring14@gmail.com)</p>
  • Roz NaimiClose

    2012

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    <p>Community service with ProWorld in Peru, Nepal, Morocco and Ghana. (roznaimi@gmail.com)</p>
  • Catherine WangClose

    2011

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    <p>Traveled to Canada, China, a home-stay in Brazil while working in a public day care center through Projects Abroad, and interned at the Democratic National Committee.<br /> <a href="http://catherinelwang.wordpress.com/">catherinelwang.wordpress.com</a> <br /> catherinelwang@gmail.com</p>
  • Gavin CookClose

    2010

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    <p>Spent a semester in Morocco, teaching English and learning Arabic, and a semester in China where he worked with disabled children in Shanghai. <br /> <a href="http://gavingapyear.blogspot.com/">gavingapyear.blogspot.com</a><br /> gcook@Princeton.edu</p>
  • Sean KeslukClose

    2009

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    <p>Worked for a Jewish community center in Hamburg, a community development work in Buenos Aires, and domestic national service with AmeriCorps.<br /> <a href="http://seankesluk.tumblr.com/">seankesluk.tumblr.com</a><br /> sean.kesluk@gmail.com</p>
  • Zack WittenClose

    2008

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    <p>Worked with Grassroots Campaign during presidential election, home-stay in Shanghai with a journalism internship, and a home-stay in Bolivia, teaching English. <br /> <a href="http://zackwitten.livejournal.com/">zackwitten.livejournal.com</a> <br /> zswitten@yahoo.com</p>

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