Touro Fraternal awards educational grants, loans for 2015-16


Alex GoldsteinAlex Goldstein

CRANSTON, R.I. – The Touro Fraternal Association, the largest men’s independent Jewish fraternal association in the Northeast, has awarded a total of $33,000 in educational financial aid for this 2015-16 academic year to young men and women pursuing higher education degrees.

After a rigorous selection process, conducted by Touro’s Student Financial Aid Committee, two applicants were awarded $3,000 scholarship grants. In addition, nine applicants will share in a total of $27,000 in interest-free loans from the Association’s Leo Greenberg Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Alex Goldstein, one of the two 2015 grant recipients, is entering his freshman year at Roger Williams University in Bristol, where he will be studying historical restoration and preservation. His interests include European history as well as antiquities.

Daniel Brandes, this year’s second grant recipient, is a two-semester Dean’s List sophomore attending Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts. There he is studying chemistry, and is considering a career as a doctor or medical researcher.Daniel BrandesDaniel Brandes

Since the fund was established in 1981, approximately a half million dollars has been distributed to students enrolled in higher education programs. All loans are interest-free and are not re-payable until six months after the student graduates or ceases to be a full-time student.

Regular Touro members, their spouses and children, and children of deceased Touro members enrolled full time for the 2015-2016 academic year in an accredited institution of higher learning were eligible for grants. Regular members, their children and children of deceased members similarly enrolled could apply for the interest-free loans.

For more information about Touro Fraternal Association please check the website,, email to or call 401-785-6600.