If you meet the following requirements, you are eligible to apply:
- 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 (unweighted).
- 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 2019-2020 academic year.
- The applicant must be a legal resident of Los Angeles County for a minimum of three years as of September 2020.
- The applicant’s parent(s) must be permanent residents of Los Angeles.
Each recipient will receive an annual award of $10,000 for each of their four years of college (for a total of $40,000 — provided you remain a Fellow in good standing).
- Participate in community service locally and overseas.
- Attend two annual retreats with all of the current Brawerman Fellows (expenses paid). The retreats will take place in August and December/January.
- Participate in a Birthright Israel trip during one of your undergraduate years (expenses paid).
- Participate on an overseas trip to learn about the Global Jewish Community.
- Mentor future Brawerman Fellows.
- Attend Jewish Federation-sponsored educational and community building programs.
- Explore the Jewish Community on your college campus.
- Be an ambassador for the Brawerman Fellowship.
- To apply for the scholarship, you must meet all eligibility requirements.
- Submit the online application no later than February 18, 2020. When creating a profile, please register as an Individual Applicant.
- Your two recommendation letters must be submitted no later than February 18, 2020.
- Please note that failure to completely submit any of the required components will disqualify your application.
If you are chosen to become a Brawerman Fellow, the final determination of your candidacy will be based on your ability to be a full participant in the program, including attending all annual program activities (please read above). You must maintain a 3.0 grade point average throughout your undergraduate studies. More details will be provided if you are accepted as a Brawerman Fellow, and full receipt of your scholarship award will be contingent on your full participation in the program. If you are unable to participate in the entirety of the Brawerman Fellowship, you are advised not to apply or, if chosen, not to accept.
When filling out the online application you will be asked to download the following documents:
- High School Transcript
- Student’s 2019 Income Tax Return (if applicable)
- Parents’ 2019 Income Tax Return(s). If parents are divorced, income tax forms from both parents are required. If the student’s or parents’ 2019 Income Tax Return is not complete at this time, please upload your 2018 Income Tax Return. You will be asked to submit your 2019 Income Tax Return by April 10, 2020 if you become a Brawerman Finalist.
- A copy of the letter of acceptance from the school that you are planning on attending in Fall 2020 (if available). If you become a finalist, you will be asked for copies of your acceptance letters prior to your interview if it is not available at this time.
- A copy of the School Financial Aid Award Notice (if available).
- A copy of the Student’s Anticipated Budget provided by the school that you plan to attend in the Fall of 2020. This can be obtained from the school’s Financial Aid Office. If you are not sure what school you will be attending, submit the information of your first-choice school.
- A copy of the college scholarship services student aid report (SAR). This is the form that you received after filling out your FAFSA. For more information about the FAFSA, please go to https://fafsa.ed.gov.
- Proof of permanent U.S. residency if born outside of the United States (copy of your green card or U.S. passport).
Yes, two Letters of Reference must be submitted.
- One from a school counselor or teacher
- One from a leader in the community (supervisor of a volunteer position, clergy, youth group advisor, etc.)
The three areas of emphasis:
- Community service
Your letters of recommendation must be submitted online by February 18, 2020 via the following LINK.
Any reference letters submitted after the deadline will not be accepted.
Please provide the link to the person writing your letter of reference. If they have any questions, they can e-mail Brawerman@JewishLA.org or call (323) 761-8116.
Four incoming freshman students will be selected in 2019 to receive the Brawerman Fellowship.
No, you can attend any 4-year accredited college/university that you wish. You must begin school in the fall of 2020.
Yes, you must be planning to attend full-time (12 units/credits minimum per term) at a 4-year accredited college or university in the U.S. during the 2020-2021 academic year.
Yes, you are eligible to apply. Please email Brawerman@JewishLA.org if you have specific questions about eligibility.
No, this fellowship is for those beginning their freshman year of college in September 2020.
You are still eligible to apply if you don’t know what school you will be attending in the fall of 2020. Please fill out the application to the best of your ability with your first-choice school. If you are chosen as a Brawerman finalist, you will be asked to provide information about the schools to which you have been accepted into.
You must file a 2019 Tax Return to be eligible for this Fellowship. If your 2019 tax return is not available, please submit your 2018 tax return. You will be asked to submit your 2019 tax return by April 10, 2020 if you are selected as a finalist.
Yes, it is required that you complete a FAFSA to apply for this Fellowship.
Describe how your active participation in community service has played a part in your life. How do you feel it has influenced and shaped you as a person and leader? What role has being Jewish shaped you as an individual? How do you intend to be involved in the Jewish community during college? Please explain why you should be considered for the Brawerman Fellowship.
You will be contacted by our office if you are a final candidate and you will be asked to come in for an interview. Please refrain from contacting our office if you have not heard from us.
Yes, you must attend the interview to be considered for the Brawerman Fellowship.
The interviews will be held at The Jewish Federation on the evenings of April 22 and April 23, 2020.
The Brawerman Fellows will be notified the last week of April 2020.
If you still have any questions about the Brawerman Fellowship, please contact us at Brawerman@JewishLA.org or call (323) 761-8116.