The Grace Johansen Memorial Foundation is committed to engaging young people in their communities.

Every year, the GJMF awards scholarships to college-bound high school seniors who have dedicated time and energy to volunteerism in Sullivan County. In 2022, we launched the “Grace Grant” to support youth programs and internships in libraries and historical organizations in the Catskills and Upper Delaware regions. Our goal is twofold: to reward service-minded youth and to create meaningful, hands-on learning opportunities to help promote a culture of service.

Help us empower Catskills youth today.

See you this summer!

This year, we’ll be tabling at the Trout Parade in Livingston Manor on June 10th and Riverfest in Narrowsburg on July 23rd. Look for our banner with our logo on it, and come say hello! We’ll be raffling off lots of exciting prizes from our local business supporters, so bring a few bucks to support youth community engagement and win some great gifts for yourself or a loved one while you’re at it. See you out and about!

We believe in the power of young people.

The Grace Johansen Memorial Foundation is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization based in Sullivan County, New York, on the cusp of the Catskill Mountains and the Delaware River Valley.

Every year, we provide scholarships to young people who have dedicated their high school careers to improving their community. If you’re interested in supporting youth community engagement, consider making a tax-deductible contribution to the Grace Johansen Memorial Foundation today.

The 2022 Grace Johansen Memorial Scholarship Winners

The Grace Johansen Memorial Foundation is proud to award scholarships to three well-deserving Sullivan County students this year: Riley Johnston of Sullivan West High School, Dylan Parks of Liberty High School, and Jenna Hendricks of Monticello High School. Our selection committee agreed that each of these students went above and beyond in their unique dedication to improving their communities. Congratulations to our recipients, and we wish you the best of luck in college! (Though we’re confident you won’t need luck to be successful in all your endeavors!)

Our Mission

To promote and support community engagement among youth in the Catskills and Upper Delaware regions of New York State.

Our Vision

A thriving Catskills and Upper Delaware community of individuals who feel invested in the region’s shared success.

The Strategy


Spread the word.
Let students know that their volunteerism can help them achieve their college goals.


Reward change-makers.
Provide scholarships and grants as an investment in our community’s future.


Expand service opportunities.
Establish the means for local organizations to produce enriching volunteer programs for young people.

Our Founding Supporters


  • The River Reporter Newspaper


  • Jessica Lambert
  • Jake Joyce
  • Russ and Kath Johansen


  • Thom and Louann Joyce
  • Regina Garrant
  • Rich and Anne Johansen
  • Hy and Donna Brock
  • Kerrie and Dan Nowak
  • Lo and Roy Schlagenhaft
  • Michael Joyce
  • Carol Montana