The Aaron and Rita Slom Scholarship Fund For Freedom and Diversity
The Aaron and Rita Slom Scholarship Fund For Freedom and Diversity was created in March of 2003 in honor of Aaron and Rita Slom’s 50th wedding anniversary by their friends and family. Both key participants in the ongoing vitalization of Touro Synagogue, Aaron was a president in the 1960's and Rita became the first women president in 1999. The fund honors Aaron's memory and Rita Slom's continued vision for educating future generations.
High School seniors in Rhode Island and across the United States are invited to apply. Those interested in applying for this scholarship must submit an interpretive written work focusing on the George Washington Letter in context with the present time. The fund will award a minumum of two scholarships with a value of at least $500 each. The presentation of the award takes place at the annual George Washington Letter Celebration.
When George Washington visited Touro Synagogue in August 1790, he wrote "To the Hebrew Congregation in Newport Rhode Island" that "happily the Government of the United States…gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance…." These words have made Touro Synagogue an international symbol of liberty of conscience and freedom of religion.
PLEASE NOTE: THE 2019 GEORGE WASHINGTON LETTER READING EVENT WILL TAKE PLACE ON SUNDAY, AUGUST 18, 2019.
SLOM SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS/MATERIALS ARE DUE ON APRIL 11, 2019.
Click here for the Slom Scholarship Guidelines [PDF]
Click here for the Application [PDF]