2020 Dekan Memorial Scholarship

IMPORTANT UPDATE: Because schools are closed, there has been a major change in applying for the 2020 DeKan Memorial Scholarship. It can be done online, with a new deadline of April 15.

George Dekan was a “Renaissance Man” in every sense of the word.  A native of Wheaton, Illinois, and a veteran of World War II, he served the Glenbard Township high schools as both a guidance counselor and teacher of electronics.  A husband, father, coach, businessman, football player, pole vaulter, and musician, Dekan even found time to invent and patent the Athletic Performance Analyzer, a more accurate timing system than even a stopwatch.  He founded Dekan Timing Devices and the Dekan Athletic Equipment Corporation.  He passed away at his home in Fort Myers, Florida, on January 9, 2014, at age 93.

Throughout his 35 years of teaching, coaching, and officiating, Dekan earned many distinct honors.  Although never serving as an Athletic Director, he was thrilled to be one of only three honorees to never hold that position yet still be inducted into the Athletic Director Presidential Hall of Fame in 2000.  Additionally, he was a Hall of Fame member for both the Illinois Track and Cross Country Coaches’ Association and the Illinois Track and Cross Country Officials’ Association.

The Illinois Track and Cross Country Coaches’ Association, as well as the family of George Dekan, proudly sponsor the George Dekan Memorial Scholarship to commemorate the life of an amazing individual, and to assist local student-athletes of Cross Country and / or Track and Field with their college expenditures.

The Illinois Track and Cross Country Coaches’ Association was founded in 1962 and formed with several goals in mind:  to promote interest, enthusiasm, and improvement in Track and Field and Cross Country in Northern Illinois; to provide education and opportunities for involvement in our association by methodology; to promote, publicize, and recognize the achievements of area coaches; to provide a vocal representation of our area student-athletes and coaches regarding rule implementation and modification; and to work with and support the Illinois High School Association

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Senior athletes who are participating in an Illinois high school Track and Field and / or Cross Country program and who are planning on attending college or a career school are eligible for the non-renewable ITCCCA Scholarship of $2000.  A minimum of two (2) scholarships will be awarded based on academic, athletic, and non-athletic achievements, as well as an original essay composed by the applicant.  Applicants will additionally need to submit a letter of recommendation and an official high school transcript.


Any and all questions regarding this scholarship should be directed to the George Dekan Memorial Scholarship Director.  James Janota can be reached in the English Department at Neuqua Valley High School at (630) 428-6000, extension 4719, or via email at james_janota@ipsd.org.


Step 1:  On a separate sheet of paper and in a typed format, please offer the following:

– Full name (please, no nicknames)

– Complete home address

– Home telephone number

– Email address

– High school

– High school’s complete address

– Track and Field and / or Cross Country coach’s name

– College(s) of choice

– Intended major

Step 2:  In a detailed fashion, describe your five (5) greatest athletic achievements while participating in high school Track and Field and / or Cross Country.

Step 3:  In an equally detailed fashion, describe your five (5) greatest non-athletic achievements during your high school tenure.

Step 4:  Submit a letter of recommendation as provided by your high school Track and Field and / or Cross Country coach in which he / she explains your qualifications as a student-athlete and why you would be a worthy recipient of this scholarship.

Step 5:  Submit an official high school transcript as provided by your high school’s registrar or guidance counselor.

Step 6:  Compose a thoughtful and well-written essay of no more than 500 words in which you consider the following prompt:

“What has Track and Field and / or Cross Country meant to me?”


All applications must be received by April 15!  Any application received after the due date, regardless of postmark, will not be considered for the scholarship.  Any requests for deadline extensions will not be granted, and digital submission are not accepted.  A committee of ITCCCA members will evaluate the applications, and the winners will be contacted by no later than May 15.

All applications should be submitted to the following:

James Janota
ITCCCA Scholarship Director
c/o Neuqua Valley High School
2360 95th Street
Naperville, Illinois 60564-8934

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