Hudson River Fishermen’s Association Youth Angler Program


The Hudson River Fishermen’s Association has been running a youth fishing program for many years.   We call it our HRFA Youth Angler Program (YA).   We always supply bait and tackle on our trips. 

In 2000 HRFA became involved with Hudson County Schools taking children on fishing trips out of Great Kills Harbor, Staten Island, NY on the 100 foot, 85 passenger party boat Atlantis Princess.  We would take 3 trips a year. Eight to 10 members helped with bait, rod, & reel use and as always a kind word for those that needed help.  We paid for the trips from 2000 to 2012. 

Due to finances we could no longer pay for these trips.   To continue these trips the children held fundraisers.   Atlantis Princess sunk in Super Storm Sandy.  We now use Captain John’s boat, Captain John out of Keyport, NJ for our fishing trips.  The boat is well kept and friendly Captain John is perfect for children.  This year we had 3 trips taking 150 children from Hudson & Bergen counties. 

In Sept. & Oct. we will take Hudson County children to South Beach Pier, Staten Island.  HRFA also takes children from Rockland County School Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) fishing at Piermont Pier, Piermont NY.  

From 2011 we have gotten very much involved with Bergen County Technical Schools Special Services.  We have 5 or 6 trips a year with this group.  All these trips are on the Hudson River at Englewood Boat Basin, Englewood Cliffs, NJ.  We will have as many as ten members helping out on these trips. 

At Christmas time we have a party for member’s children and grand children at the Elks Lodge in Ridgefield Park, NJ, where we meet.  Every child gets a fishing related gift from Santa.  There is plenty to eat prepared by Tony DiModugno. 

Wayne Geider

Youth Coordinator

Youth Scholarship Program

To be eligible to apply:

Hudson River Fishermen’s Association
Scholarship Application

Our application is only two (2) pages, and we hope more members will encourage their children and grandchildren to apply.

For graduating seniors in the current year, the HRFA is offering four (4) scholarships of Five Hundred Dollars each, as the committee sees fit. Awards will be presented at our July meeting, the second Tuesday of every month.

Students and parents can download the new application from or HRFA.US. Seniors must have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale or equivalent to be considered. To be successful, a senior must plan to enroll in an accredited two or four year college or university the following Fall.

One of the big changes over prior years is the applicant does not need demonstrate financial need by completing the FAFSA application process and supplying the student aid report, SAR response letter.

No financial data is required!

Membership in the HRFA will also be weighted differently in this application. Notably this year, membership has its privilege.

For more information regarding the scholarship, please call Carl Bruger at 973-704-4845 or e-mail at The application deadline is May 15, of the current year, and all applications must be sent to our official address, HRFA Scholarship, P.O. Box 421, Cresskill, NJ 07626.

Your application should be postmarked by May 15

Applications should be mailed to

HRFA NJ Scholarship Program

P.O. Box 421

Cresskill, N. J.  07626

Print out the application on the link below and fill in the areas questioned.

HRFA Scholarship Application