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Congratulations to the 2017 Harold P. Wells Scholarship recipients, Logan Freeman and Morgan Karolus. Both students received recognition during the annual DeKalb High School Senior Awards Night held on May 25, 2017.

Logan Freeman is currently a student in the Kishwaukee Education Consortium Computer Information Systems program. His pursuit of education will continue at Kishwaukee College in fall 2017.

Morgan Karolus plans to enroll in the nursing program at Kishwaukee College in the fall of 2017. Upon graduation, she hopes to work for a local healthcare facility or hospital before returning to school in pursuit of a master’s degree in Nursing.


Harold P. Wells passed away on May 11, 1996 at the age of 74. Dr. Wells graduated from high school in Danbury, Connecticut. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Physical Education from Springfield College, MA., and a Masters and Ph.D. in Physical Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana. He taught in many places including Bangkok, Thailand, the University of Illinois, Yale University, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, and Northern Illinois University.

Dr. Wells was interested in people who wished to further their education. His desire for this fund was to help DeKalb Fire Department members and their families achieve their education goals. He chose the DeKalb Fire Department because his youngest son, Drew, was a member of the department at the time of his death. Dr. Wells lived in DeKalb for more than one-third of his life. His purpose in establishing this scholarship was to provide a way to give back by helping those who serve their community in the fire services division.

Scholarship funds are an easy way to support and promote further education of the youth in our community. To contribute to the Harold P. Wells Scholarship fund, or to discuss setting up a fund that meets your charitable interests, please contact Executive Director Dan Templin at 815-748-5383 or dan@dekalbccf.org.

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