Friendship and fishing leads to
memorial scholarship at URI
KINGSTON, R.I. -- October 13, 1999 -- Two men ran a successful business
together and shared a love of fishing. They counted on each other during
the pressures of the workday and shared in the excitement of the big catch.
Now one of the partners, inspired by that bond with his late pal, has
established a scholarship at the University of Rhode Island in his memory
to help URI students and future fishermen.
Helmut Augenstein of Warwick and the late Alexander Daunis of Barrington
founded and operated the Jewel Case Corp. in Providence, a manufacturer
of metal display boxes for jewelry, for 25 years.
"The company did well and we got along well," says Augenstein
who has always loved to fish. He introduced Daunis to the rod and reel and
soon his business partner became hooked.
Most Thursdays the two would go deep sea fishing, combining business
with pleasure by taking clients and friends along.
When Daunis died in 1998, Augenstein wanted to do something to memorialize
his long-time friend but he wasn't sure what. Finally, the retired businessman
hit upon an idea-an endowed scholarship fund at the University of Rhode
Island for students enrolled in URI's fisheries and aquaculture technology
program. Augenstein says he chose URI because of its fine reputation in
the marine sciences and because his son Helmut T. is a URI alumnus.
Income from the endowment will provide annual scholarships with preference
to be given to bright (a 3.0 grade point average or above) junior and seniors
from Maine to North Carolina.
"This scholarship is a great incentive and a reward for students
who display academic excellence," comments Joe Dealteris who heads
the fisheries program at URI. "Fisheries management is regional as
fish are migratory. It's important to be able to offer scholarships to students
from the northeast region."
Dealteris says the goal of URI's program is to help develop sustainable
fisheries, to avoid boom and bust years. "The key is better management,"
says the URI scientist whose students graduate from the program and often
get jobs on the state or federal level in fisheries management. "They
are collecting data, analyzing samples, studying behavior, or helping to
Augenstein, the retired businessman, is pleased the Alexander D. Daunis
Memorial Scholarship fund will help future fishermen catch some action.
"This is the direction I know he would have liked," says Augenstein
of his late friend.
For More Information: Jan Sawyer, 874-2116