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 Jim Patterson, Director of the Kutler Center.
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