Don Johannes Memorial Scholarship

Don Johannes Memorial 2019 Scholarship

Sponsored by the Wilson Harbor Invitational Fishing Tournament

 *10% of the proceeds from the $100 captains calcutta will be kept and automatically directed toward this scholarship fund. Calcutta will be collected at the captains meeting.

*Also-there is a donation button on the WHI registration page. Donations can be made at time of registration in the event you are not participating in the calcutta and/or maybe you want to donate as well. 100% proceeds go to the Scholarship Fund.

2018 Scholarship Winners

Jacob Bensley from Medina, NY is a freshman at Brockport college and wants to be an ECO with the NYSDEC.

Emily Gizowski is from Forestville, NY. She is a senior at Fingerlakes CC and wants to work for the NYSDEC. She has worked as a volunteer with the NYSDEC for 2 years.


To provide a monetary award of at least $500 to a promising student who shows a commitment to communicate and interpret a love of nature and an understanding of the need to practice conservation to preserve our great outdoors.


Eligibility for application is extended to any student or graduate student enrolled full-time in an accredited post-secondary educational institution whose educational goals clearly coincide with Don Johannes’ interest in communicating and interpreting nature’s wonder.  Students pursuing degrees in environmental protection, conservation, natural resources, forestry, wildlife and fisheries, biology or environmental law and public policy are encouraged to apply.  Dedication to the ideals of the scholarship’s honoree will be considered at least as important as financial need in making the award.

Application Procedure

To obtain an application, please see the link below. Questions: Contact Michael Johannes at (716) 791-3646.

Applications should be sent to:

Don Johannes Memorial Scholarship – c/o Michael Johannes

3313 Ridge Rd.

Ransomville, NY 14131

Or by email

The committee anticipates selecting the winner prior to July 1, 2019 and making the announcement at the Wilson Invitational Awards Banquet.  Funds will be distributed through the college scholarship office upon enrollment for the Fall Semester.

Download application

Don Johannes Bio

Don Johannes was an avid outdoors-man who was always interested in getting young people involved in fishing and hunting. He was a mentor to many new fishermen over the years. To Don teaching the art of fishing to his grandchildren and their friends was a priority and a fun thing to do. He helped raise and teach many children how to fish who are now avid tournament or charter fishermen.
OVer the years Don was involved in the Western Lake Ontario salmon and trout fishery since it became popular in the mid 1970’s. He was an officer in the LOTSA, sat on the Niagara County Sport Fishing Advisory Board and was president of the Niagara County Charter Captain’s Association.
Don became a licensed captain in 1990 and started the On-The-Rocks Fishing Charters in 1991. He lost his 3 year battle to cancer in May of 2000 but his memory and achievements live on.

If you would like to make a private donation to the fund please email us at the above address.