The Michael Brownstein '99 Memorial Gap Year Fellowship Program was established at Harvard-Westlake School in 2008 to perpetuate the spirit and memory of Michael Brownstein '99, whose life was tragically cut short in a June 2007 accident. Michael had a strong humanitarian spirit and sense of social justice. He lived life to the fullest, passionately pursuing life-affirming experiences through extensive travel. The Brownstein Fellowship is 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 is an amount up to $10,000 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. Examples might include volunteering at a bioreserve 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. It does not have to cover one contiguous time period but can be broken up into segments.

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

Current and previous Brownstein fellows:

  • Matthew Yam
    Matthew Yam
    Year Awarded: 2018
  • Annelise Breidsprecher
    Annelise Breidsprecher
    Year Awarded: 2018
  • Haunani Bautista
    Haunani Bautista
    Year Awarded: 2017
  • Jordan Brown
    Jordan Brown
    Year Awarded: 2016
  • George Noonan
    George Noonan
    Year Awarded: 2016
  • Sarah Winshel
    Sarah Winshel
    Year Awarded: 2015
  • Jaird Meyer
    Jaird Meyer
    Year Awarded: 2015
  • Conor Belfield
    Conor Belfield
    Year Awarded: 2014
  • Eojin Choi
    Eojin Choi
    Year Awarded: 2014
  • Greg Zatzkis
    Greg Zatzkis
    Year Awarded: 2013
  • David Lim
    David Lim
    Year Awarded: 2013
  • Steven Ring
    Steven Ring
    Year Awarded: 2012
  • Roz Naimi
    Roz Naimi
    Year Awarded: 2012
  • Catherine Wang
    Catherine Wang
    Year Awarded: 2011
  • Gavin Cook
    Gavin Cook
    Year Awarded: 2010
  • Sean Kesluk
    Sean Kesluk
    Year Awarded: 2009
  • Zack Witten
    Zack Witten
    Year Awarded: 2008