Touro Fraternal Association Announces Annual College Aid



Fourteen students to share $45,000 in grants and loans
Fourteen students to share $45,000 in grants and loans


Bennett G. Schiff Deena E. Guttin Jordan B. Harpel

/PHOTOS | Touro Fraternal Assoc.

CRANSTON – Fourteen Rhode Island young men and women have been selected to share a total of $45,000 in educational financial aid made available by Touro Fraternal Association, the largest independent Jewish fraternal order in New England.

Three of the recipients received $3,000 scholarship grants from the Association’s Leo Greenberg Memorial Scholarship Fund. Eleven others, all children of members of the Association, shared a total of $33,000 in interest-free loans.

Announcement of the awards was made by Steven Waldman, chairman of Touro’s Student Financial Aid Committee, which screened applications. “Since the fund was established in 1981,” Waldman said, “approximately a half million dollars has been distributed to students.”

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. To date, no loan has been defaulted, Waldman said.

The 2013 grant recipients are:

Deena E. Guttin, daughter of William M. Guttin, of Cranston, a senior majoring in Hotel and Lodging Management at Johnson & Wales University in Providence.

Jordan B. Harpel, son of Jeffrey M. Harpel, of Warwick, a sophomore majoring in  Network Engineering at Johnson & Wales University.

Bennett G. Schiff, son of Barry Schiff of Cranston, who will be a freshman at Drexel University in Phila-delphia, majoring in Sports Management.

Regular Touro members, their spouses and children, and children of deceased Touro members enrolled full time for the 2013-2014 academic year in an accredited institution of higher learning were eligible for the grants.

Regular members, their children and children of deceased members similarly enrolled could apply for the interest-free loans.

For more information: Touro Fraternal Association, (, 45 Rolfe Square, P.O. Box 3562, Cranston, RI 02920, or 785-0066.