The New Brunswick Public School District’s Social Studies Department is partnering with the New Brunswick Education Foundation (NBEF) to provide this scholarship in memory and honor of Karl Burnstein, who was a dedicated and passionate educator for the New Brunswick Public Schools for 38 years. He truly cared about New Brunswick students and epitomized the “zebra spirit.”


The Karl Burnstein Memorial Scholarship offers $1,000.00 to a deserving New Brunswick High School graduating senior who will be attending an institution of higher learning in the fall 2016. The scholarship will be awarded to a student who demonstrates the following attributes: (a) outstanding comprehension of history and its current impact on society; (b) perseverance; and (c) responsibility (i.e. excellent school attendance, discipline and commitment to academics). All eligible candidates shall be nominated by members of the New Brunswick High School Social Studies Department, who will also conduct interviews and select the winner of the scholarship.


The application for the Karl Burnstein Memorial Scholarship must be completed and submitted by Monday, May 2, 2016.


The recipient of the Karl Burnstein Memorial Scholarship will be recognized at NBEF’s Tenth Anniversary Celebration on Friday, June 17, 2016 at The Pines Manor, 2085 Route 27 in Edison, NJ. The actual scholarship award, with a written designation for use, will be forwarded on behalf of the recipient directly to the college or university that he/she will attend.


Karl Burnstein was born in New Brunswick, NJ and attended the New Brunswick Public Schools. He graduated from New Brunswick High School in 1966 and went on to Texas Southern on a football scholarship. He subsequently transferred to Wiley College in Marshall, Texas and graduated in 1970.


Mr. Burnstein was passionate about students and education. He was deeply committed to helping students pursue an academic path. Extremely secured in being the man he was, a no-nonsense educator, who demanded excellence and hard work from his students, he embodied the ultimate role model. He distinguished himself in the community, in the classroom, and in the disciplines of scholastic sports, having received numerous honors, including The Knights of Columbus Teacher of the Year Award (1999 and 2006), the Governor’s Teacher Recognition of the Year (2005 and 2006), and as Coach —– he led the New Brunswick High School Boys Varsity Team to the Central Jersey Group II Championship (2000 – 2001).


True to his calling as an educator, he served as a Mentor to the New Brunswick High School Peer Leaders (1987 – 1992) and remained an inspiring force for students at NBHS.


For more information on the Karl Burnstein Memorial Scholarship, contact the NBEF Office via email at: