BLE's Franklin P. Greene Fund resumes lending to college-bound

The Franklin P. Greene Fund, which suspended lending in 2001, is now accepting loan applications from college-bound sons of BLE members.

Don M. Hahs, BLE International President and Trustee of the Greene Fund, announced on June 15 that four loans in the amount of $2,500 each will be available.

The Franklin P. Greene Educational Loan Fund was established in 1956. Its foundation was stipulated in the will of Brother Greene, a member of Division 266 (Gladstone, Mich.). Brother Greene left an estate in trust of the BLE with instructions that the funds be available for loans to sons 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 BLE member in good standing or must of have been in good standing at the time of his or her death.

To request an application, qualified applicants are asked to contact Jenny Berndt in the BLE Accounting Office at: (216) 241-2630, extension 211, or


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