Two fellowship opportunities support selected seniors who are pursuing a Gap Year between Harvard-Westlake and college. Seniors will apply for these fellowships in the spring of senior year, and they will be awarded before graduation.

Michael Brownstein '99 Memorial Gap Year Fellowship

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.

Service Year Fellowship

Although President Bill Clinton signed the National and Community Service Trust Act in 1993 creating Americorps, doing a year of service is still not well known nor widely embraced, even within a well-connected and educated community like Harvard-Westlake. In 2015, Harvard‐Westlake took a major step to promote students’ experience in service of others by establishing the Service Year Fellowship. Harvard-Westlake provides support to students who take a service year doing service domestically. The award will be an amount up to $5,000 to be used toward expenses of the proposed gap year experience. This fellowship will provide additional financial support to those seeking to complete a service year.

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

Recent Brownstein and Service Year Fellows:

  • Berry Nakash
    Berry Nakash
    2020 Brownstein Fellow
  • George Grube
    George Grube
    2020 Brownstein Fellow
  • Sy Schoen
    Sy Schoen
    2020 Brownstein Fellow
  • Dean Reiter
    Dean Reiter
    2020 Brownstein Fellow
  • Stephanie Cho
    Stephanie Cho
    2020 Brownstein Fellow
  • Tosh Le
    Tosh Le
    2019 Brownstein Fellow
  • Anja Clark
    Anja Clark
    2019 Brownstein Fellow
  • Asher Vogel
    Asher Vogel
    2019 Brownstein Fellow
  • Xenia Bernal
    Xenia Bernal
    2019 Brownstein Fellow
  • Zack Lechter
    Zack Lechter
    2019 Service Year Fellow
  • Sophie Kim
    Sophie Kim
    2019 Service Year Fellow
  • Tosh Le
    Tosh Le
    2019 Service Year Fellow
  • Matthew Yam
    Matthew Yam
    2018 Brownstein Fellow
  • Annelise Breidsprecher
    Annelise Breidsprecher
    2018 Brownstein Fellow
  • Kelly Morrison
    Kelly Morrison
    2016 Service Year Fellow