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Review all eligibility requirements carefully. Please only apply if you meet all requirements.

Complete and submit the Brawerman Fellowship online application NO LATER THAN FEBRUARY 16, 2021. We will not consider any incomplete applications.

When accessing the online application, please register as a Scholarship Applicant.

  • The applicant must have a record of leadership, be an active participant in community service, and have a commitment to the Jewish community of Los Angeles.
  • The applicant must have a minimum 3.5 GPA.
  • The applicant must demonstrate financial need.
  • The applicant must be a Jewish graduating senior who will be a freshman at an accredited four-year college/university in the 2021-2022 academic year.
  • The applicant must be a legal resident of Los Angeles County for a minimum of three years as of September 2021.
  • The applicant’s parent(s) must be permanent residents of Los Angeles.

Prior to filling out the application you will need the following information:

1. Detailed information (name, date, hours per week/weeks per year, position, description) for your Extracurricular School Activities, Jewish Communal Activities, Community Activities, Paid Work Experience, and Academic Awards/Honors.

2. Your (the student) and your parents’ 2020 income information, including but not limited to:

  • Annual Gross Income
  • Social Security
  • Rental Income
  • Worker’s Comp/Disability
  • VA Benefits
  • Investments
  • Retirement

3. The value of all your and your parents’ assets, including but not limited to:

  • Bank Accounts
  • Real Estate Equity
  • Mortgage Balance
  • Trusts
  • Investments

4. A copy of the 2021-2022 Cost of Attendance. The Cost of Attendance budget can be obtained from your school’s Financial Aid office or website. If the 2021-2022 budget is not available, use the 2020-2021 budget. If you are not sure what school you will be attending, submit the information for your first choice of school.

5. A list of projected resources, including but not limited to:

  • Federal Aid (Pell Grant)
  • State Aid (Cal Grant)
  • Scholarships
  • Loans
  • 529 College Savings Plan

6. A copy of your Student Aid Report (SAR), which you will receive after filing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). In order to apply for this fellowship, you are required to fill out a 2021-2022 FAFASA. For more information, go to: www.fafsa.ed.gov. After submitting your FAFSA, download and print a PDF version of your SAR from the FAFSA website. Please make sure that you are downloading a copy of your SAR and not a copy of your application information. In order to complete the Brawerman Fellowship application, you will need your Expected Family Contribution (EFC), which can be found on the SAR. File your FAFSA as soon as possible. You will be able to work on this application prior to filing your FAFSA. Just make sure you return to this application with the required information from your FAFSA prior to the deadline.

7. A copy of your financial aid award letter for 2021-2022 (if available).

We understand that at times you can only provide estimates in responding to certain items on the application and/or action from a school or funding source is still pending. Where this is so, include estimated figures — do not leave blank.

Submit: After you have entered all of the data requested in the application, click “Submit” on the bottom of the final page. If you have any questions, please email Brawerman@JewishLA.org.

In addition to filling out your online application, you must download the following supplemental material and submit your full application by FEBRUARY 16, 2021.

1. A copy of the student’s academic transcripts

2. Student’s 2020 Income Tax Return (if applicable)

3. Parents’ 2020 Income Tax Return(s). If parents are divorced, income tax forms from both parents are required. If your and your parents’ 2020 tax returns can’t be filed by the February 16th deadline, then you may submit your 2019 Federal Tax Return. If you become a Brawerman Fellow finalist, you will be required to submit your 2020 Federal Tax Return by April 12, 2021.

4. A copy of your acceptance letter from the school that you plan to attend in the Fall of 2021 (if available).

5. A copy of your School Financial Aid Award Notice (if available).

6. A copy of your completed 2020-2021 Student Aid Report (SAR) (all sections).

7. A copy of the student’s Anticipated Budget provided by the school that you plan to attend in the fall of 2021. This can be obtained from the school’s Financial Aid Office or website. If you are not sure what school you will be attending in the fall, submit the information of your first choice. If the 2021-2022 budget is not available, submit the 2020-2021 budget.

8. Proof of permanent U.S. residency if born outside the United States (a copy of your green card or U.S. Passport).

If some of the required material is currently unavailable (tax returns and acceptance letters), you will be required to provide them by April 12, 2021, if you are selected as a Brawerman finalist.

If you realize that you have made a mistake and submitted incorrect information in your application that you would like to amend, please e-mail Brawerman@JewishLA.org with your full name and correction.

In addition to the online application, you will be required to obtain two reference letters from the following sources: one from a current/past school professional (teacher or advisor) and one from a community leader (clergy, supervisor from volunteer/work position, youth group advisor, camp director, etc.).

The Letter of Reference form can be found here

Please provide the link to those writing your reference letters. If they have any questions, please have them email Brawerman@jewishla.org or call (323) 761-8116

ANY REFERENCE LETTERS POSTMARKED AFTER FEBRUARY 16, 2021 WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

You will be notified at the beginning of April if you become a Brawerman Fellow Finalist. If you are a finalist, you will be required to attend an in-person interview that will take place at The Jewish Federation on the evenings of April 19th & April 20th, 2021. You will also be required to submit your 2020 Federal Tax Returns, financial aid award letters and acceptance letters by April 12, 2021. Failure to do so may disqualify you.


If have you any questions, please contact:
Brawerman@JewishLA.org
(323) 761-8116