The Ruben Fried Scholarship fund has been established by the Fried and Fraid families through the Spotlight Foundation, a charitable trust that specifically empowers women and children in community development and education. It is in honour of Ruben Fried who sadly passed away in 2009.
Ruben Fried and his family survived the Holocaust in Europe before moving to Israel and then finally settling in Australia in 1956.
The family struggled in those early years and Ruben was saddened when he was forced to leave the Jewish Day School that he was attending because his parents could not afford the school fees.
Ruben strongly believed that all Jewish children should have the chance to go to a Jewish school as Ruben understood the power of education to transform people’s lives.
His own childhood and its psychological impact always played a part in Ruben’s life; he had great empathy for children in difficult financial circumstances. Ruben believed that education taught him how to think critically, to seek and evaluate new information, and make considered decisions.
Ruben worked hard as the founder and co-director of the Spotlight Retail Group and while achieving his own success, he always wanted everyone around him to succeed as well. For him, there was no greater happiness than to see someone achieve their goals.
He was a very positive person and he was passionate about helping people. In particular, he took a keen interest in the personal and professional development of many of the children and young adults in his life. Ruben spent countless hours mentoring these kids, encouraging them to question, challenge, think and learn.
His insight, guidance and humour helped many young people through difficult stages in their life journey. Many, many people credit Ruben for helping them become who they are today. They are grateful for the way he shared his ideas, his insight, his encouragement and his eternal optimism.
In his memory, the Spotlight Foundation is offering multiple Scholarships at four of the Jewish Day schools to students who are currently in the Government School system. This will give these students the chance to have a Jewish education in secondary school from Years 7 - 12.
The Scholarship covers the full cost of fees for the full 6 year duration of secondary school. The School will assess the applicants eligibility for the scholarship and will liaise directly with them. Please feel free to apply for the Scholarship at more than one school. Places are available at Mount Scopus Memorial College, Bialik College, Liebler Yavneh College and Yeshivah Beth Rivkah College, with full contact details found below.
To apply for the Ruben Fried Scholarship Fund, please click on any of the schools below: