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The DeKalb County Community Foundation is happy to announce Cameron Carani as the recipient of the 2020 Harold P. Wells Scholarship. Cameron is a 2020 graduate of Sycamore High School and a student pilot at the DeKalb airport working towards his private pilot’s license. The son of DeKalb firefighter, Jim Carani, Cameron’s dream is to one day become an international airline pilot.

According to Cameron, “I look forward to pursuing my dream as an international airline pilot, traveling the world doing what I love most. There is so much out there yet to be experienced. I dream to make the most of life. I dream to explore the world. I dream to become a pilot.”

Applications for the Harold P. Wells Scholarship are accepted in the spring each year. Eligible applicants are employees and family members of the employees of the DeKalb Fire Department and students of the Kishwaukee Education Consortium’s Fire Science Program.

Pictured: Cameron Carani 


About the Harold P. Wells Scholarship Fund:

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 excellent way to support and promote further education in our community. For questions on scholarship funds 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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