Al Kowaleski Memorial Scholarship

Al Kowaleski (right on the photo below) at one of his proudest moments – the 2004 St. Lawrence International Junior Carp Tournament – when he and Jerry Laramay (left) assisted young competitor Millie Mason land her 44-plus pound carp.

CARP Tournament Series has established a book scholarship in honor of the late Alan Kowaleski. A longtime carp fisherman and carp angling historian, Kowaleski succumbed to cancer in late 2007 at his home in Birdsboro, Pennsylvania.

Alan Kowaleski

Alan Kowaleski

Alan Kowaleski

Known across the United States for his verve and dedication to the sport, Kowaleski was active on the tournament circuit with the Carp Anglers Group and the American Carp Society. He served as headmarshal for the 2005 World Carp Championship and as honorary grand marshal for the St. Lawrence International Junior Carp Tournament.

“Al’s knowledge of carp angling and its history in America was undisputed in carp angling circles,” said David Moore, director of CARP Tournament Series. “His kind heart always shined, but he was at his best when helping kids learn the sport of carp angling.”

“Whether fishing side-by-side, competing or coordinating tournaments, Al was the consummate sportsman and jovial volunteer, and it is befitting that we pay homage to him in a way that would benefit future generations of sportsman and conservationists. We will award two two-hundred-fifty dollar book scholarships each year to college level students majoring in fisheries management or fisheries biology.”

CARP Tournament Series will set aside a portion of tournament entry fees for the annual book scholarship as well as accept private donations under the not-for-profit “Al Kowaleski Memorial Scholarship Fund”. The scholarships will be determined by a panel of administrators including Moore and Kathleen Kelly-Ori, publicist for CARP Tournament Series along with carp anglers Bob Bernowski, Mark Metzger and Mike Malone.

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Scholarship Application

Download the application requirements for the scholarship: kowaleski_scholarship_app (pdf, 28kb)

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CARPTS is very proud to award an Al Kowaleski Memorial Scholarship for the fall semester to Jevonnah Foster of Ogdensburg NY. Jevonnah started carp fishing in 2004 and fishes regularly with her father Jay Foster. She has chosen a college path of environmental sciences with an associates degree in Natural Resources Conservation and is now studying for her bachelors degree in Wildlife Biology. Jevonnah will receive $250 toward the purchase of educational books and is eligible for the second round winter scholarship at the end of this year.

The Al Kowaleski Memorial Scholarship first-year recipient was Ms. Karen Howland who is studying veterinarian sciences at a college in Binghamton NY. Howland is an honor student whose passions include carp fishing and junior and pro-level tournament competition.

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