This scholarship is awarded in memory of Courtney Garg Brousseau, Newbury Park High School Class of 2015. Many classmates will remember him for his signature look – a witty graphic T-shirt, khaki shorts, and flip flops. Being aware of injustice within a community, he was driven to make the world a better place, change a broken system, and improve everyone’s lives especially those who didn’t have a voice. During his time at NPHS, he was involved in a wealth of extracurricular activities, with none closer to his heart than the Panther Prowler newspaper where he was Co-Editor-in-Chief and didn’t shy away from controversial issues that led to lengthy discussions on the role of scholastic journalism.
Courtney was a community activist who believed that everyone, no matter their age, should be involved in their community and be informed. Courtney was an Eagle Scout, Supreme Court Chief Justice in the Miller Family YMCA Youth and Government Program, and chair of Thousand Oaks Youth Commission. He worked with Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin, The Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce, and Cal Lutheran University to launch the CITY Internship Program which provided over 250 students with meaningful internships.
Courtney's family has created this scholarship to aid students who want to improve in the world through journalism and public engagement. Applicants must have attained a minimum 3.0 GPA, and a plan to attend a 2- or 4-year college with a plan to pursue a career in either in the public sector, non-profit, or journalism space. Students are required to submit a supplemental essay (500 words or less), to describe their participation in government, journalism, or their community and what it means to them.