Franklin P. Greene Fund now open to daughters of BLET members

The Franklin P. Greene Educational Loan Fund has recently been authorized to allow lending to female children of Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen members. Previously, loans were only issued to male children.

The Franklin P. Greene Educational Loan Fund was established in 1956. Its foundation was stipulated in the will of Brother Greene, a member of BLET Division 266 (Gladstone, Mich.). Brother Greene left an estate in trust of the BLET with instructions that the funds be available for low-interest loans to children of U.S. locomotive engineers, living or deceased.

Brother Green was an engineer on the Soo Line from 1895 to 1940. Before his death at age 86, Brother Greene wrote Grand Chief Engineer Guy L. Brown of his intention to establish the educational loan fund.

"Everything I have I owe to the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers," he wrote. "And I want to take this means of showing my appreciation for what the organization has done for me."

Brother Greene's will stipulated that the parent of applicants must be a BLET member in good standing or must of have been in good standing at the time of his or her death.

Qualified applicants are asked to contact Jenny Berndt in the BLET Accounting Office at: (216) 241-2630, ext. 211 or berndt@ble.org, to request an application.

 

 

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