As our community continues the fight against COVID-19, we are stepping up. This year, we are committing an additional scholarship to college-bound high school seniors who have dedicated time and energy to serving the Sullivan County community. We are also launching “The Grace Grant,” which will support youth service projects and other affairs that are aimed at engaging a new generation of leaders. Learn more and apply on our “Grants” page.

Help us empower Sullivan County youth today.

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 2021 Grace Johansen Memorial Scholarship Winners

The Grace Johansen Memorial Foundation is proud to award scholarships to three well-deserving Sullivan County students this year: Sophia Medina, of Liberty High School, Daniel Hemmer, of Sullivan West High School, and Jordan Costa, of Tri-Valley 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!)

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