WEST Fellowship Program
The WEST Fellowship Program enables seventh and eighth grade students to customize their education by conducting independent study projects. Under the guidance of in-school and out-of-school mentors, WEST Fellows write novels, create service programs, design cookbooks and much more. WEST Fellowships help students develop self-direction and hone skills in time management, research and public speaking.
The WEST (Women Engaged in Scholarly Thought) Fellowship Program was established to provide a seventh or eighth grade student with the means to pursue independent study in an area of her choice.
The program is designed to encourage a student to expand her learning
beyond the standard curriculum with the aid of an in-school and/or out-of-school mentor.
A student with the desire and passion to explore a particular topic or subject of interest is provided with guidance and financial support necessary to complete the study of her choice. The topic she chooses to explore may be an extension of work she has done for a specific class, study in an area not tapped by the Middle School curriculum or the pursuit of a new skill or creative endeavor. For example, a student who applies for a WEST Fellowship may wish to delve deeper into the study of a particular topic in history, literature, science, computer or mathematics. She may wish to develop her talents in the area of creative writing, art, music, drama, or dance.
Whatever area of interest the Fellow wishes to pursue must lead her into a new area of study and result in some form of finished product. This could be a research paper, a publication, a performance, an original composition or a piece of art. The suggestions listed above are only examples and are not meant to limit the creative ideas of a prospective WEST Fellow.