2021 Dekan Memorial Scholarship

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

WHO CAN APPLY AND WHAT ARE THE EVALUATION CRITERIA?

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 scholarship.  A minimum of two (2) scholarships (one male and one female) of $2000 apiece 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.

Please note that only ITCCCA-North member student-athletes are eligible for this scholarship.  ITCCCA-North boundaries include all Illinois high schools north of a line running south of Galesburg and north of Pontiac.

WHOM SHOULD I CONTACT IF I HAVE ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS?

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.

WHAT IS THE APPLICATION PROCESS?

Due to the continuing pandemic, the Illinois Track and Cross Country Coaches’ Association has decided to make the application for the George Dekan Scholarship available through an online submission format.  Special accommodations have been made for both the letter of recommendation and the official transcript.  Please read below for further information regarding those steps in the application process.  The due date for this application is Monday, April 15, 2021.

Any and all questions regarding this scholarship should be directed to the George Dekan Scholarship Director.  James Janota can be reached via email at james_janota@ipsd.org.

A committee of ITCCCA members will evaluate the applications, and the winner will be contacted by no later than Tuesday, June 15, 2021.