About Us

Our Story

Grace Johansen was born and raised in Narrowsburg, New York, on the banks of the Delaware River. She dedicated her life to volunteerism and community service, helping to found the Narrowsburg branch of the Western-Sullivan Library and the Tusten Historical Society, which she served as president of for more than 25 years. Throughout her life, Grace was deeply passionate about supporting local youth and helping others feel invested in the success of the region. Her family established the Grace Johansen Memorial Foundation after her death to further this mission by providing scholarships to local high school students who demonstrate an interest in bettering their community. Grace’s legacy lives on in the kindness we share with each other as we strive to create a friendlier, more cohesive Catskills community.


Our Board

Leif Johansen, President and Founder

Sommer Johansen, Vice President

Peggy Johansen, Secretary

Jeffrey Michel, Board Member

Kerrie Johansen Nowak, Board Member


Scholarships

The Grace Johansen Memorial Foundation is committed to providing annual scholarships to college-bound high school seniors from Sullivan County, New York. As of 2020, each scholarship is $500. Applications can be found in high school guidance offices and on the Scholarships page of our website.


Grants

In 2021, the Grace Johansen Memorial Foundation plans on launching project grants for young leaders with a vision for a specific improvement that will better the Sullivan County community. Grant applications will be available on our website.