Donald and Patricia Pritchard Scholarship Fund
Announcing the Donald and Patricia Pritchard Scholarship Fund. Awarded annually, the scholarship benefits a high school senior in DeKalb County who plans to attend the University of Illinois College of Agriculture, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences (ACES).
The scholarship is named for Donald and Patricia Pritchard who have strong ties to DeKalb County even though life and work have led them to live in several other states. Both Don and Patricia know the value of a college education, having worked in various capacities in the university system. They know, because of their experiences with many students over the years, how education can contribute to a successful future.
“Our desire is to encourage success in both college and life for these students,” said Don. “We understand the overwhelming costs of higher education and want to help. Someday, we’d love to see these scholarship recipients pay it forward and return the generosity to another U of I student.”
Jeffrey A. Trail Memorial Fund
Announcing the Jeffrey A. Trail Memorial Fund. The scholarship provides an initial monetary award every year to a recent high school graduate from DeKalb County who is in the first year at one of the five U.S. service academies and who has been chosen from among that year’s applicants. The selected student will receive an additional stipend each year that he or she continues at the academy. Completion of the four-year undergraduate program would result in total assistance amounting to $5,000.
Jeffrey A. Trail was the son of Stanley M. and the late B. Ann Trail. He was born in DeKalb, IL on February 25, 1969. Jeff spent his formative years in DeKalb and graduated from DeKalb High School in 1987. During his senior year of high school, Jeff applied for admission to the United States Naval Academy. For the next eight years he continued in his professional military education and duty. In June 1995, after serving his commitment, he moved on from active duty with the Navy. Jeff was a manager at a propane gas distribution company in Minneapolis, MN when he died suddenly on April 27, 1997. He was 28 years old.
Those close to Jeff have described him as hardworking and family oriented. They say he had a virtue about him; it was a genuineness that could not be bought. He is loved and missed by many.
Sharon Kay (Kinczewski) Conlin Memorial Fund
Announcing the Sharon Kay (Kinczewski) Conlin Memorial Fund. Created in honor of Sharon Conlin, this Fund provides annual support to programs and organizations that aligned with her charitable interests.
Sharon was born on November 22, 1957 in DeKalb, IL, the daughter of Henry “Hank” and Mary (Daley) Kinczewski. She married Dave Conlin on April 28, 1984 at St. Mary’s Church in DeKalb. Her daughter Stephanie was born on October 16, 1986 and her son Zachary was also born on October 16 in 1989. Her family joked that the identical birthdates of her children were no coincidence. Sharon’s husband, Dave commented, “She was always a planner.”
Sharon was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in DeKalb and she was known for her giving nature. She was concerned for people who were lost, alone or needing help. Sharon was moved to acts of generosity when she saw someone who was struggling and needed assistance. She participated in the Meals on Wheels delivery program and the Feed My Starving Children food pack event. Sharon was quick to volunteer, encourage others, and to give away what she had when she thought someone else needed it.
Charles Krull Music Support Fund
Announcing the Charles Krull Music Support Fund. This Fund provides aid to low income children in DeKalb County who are pursuing music education. It will help students pay for expenses such as musical instrument rental and fees for private music lessons. The exact mechanism to determine eligibility and distribution of grants for this purpose is currently in the planning phase.
Charles Krull was born in Texhoma, Oklahoma on June 19, 1933. He married his wife Maria “Toni” on March 9, 1978. Charles has four children and six beautiful grandchildren. Charles passed away on March 1, 2019 at the age of 85.
Although he was very dedicated to his career, Krull always found time for the arts, particularly music. He started singing as an undergrad in Oklahoma and continued throughout most of his life. Locally, he sang with a local Barbershop Group, the DeKalb Festival Chorus, and the Westminster Presbyterian Church Choir. Krull also enjoyed playing the piano which he did most of his life.
Gina M. Delmont Memorial Scholarship Fund
Announcing the Gina M. Delmont Memorial Scholarship Fund. Through this scholarship, Gina’s spirit of giving lives on and benefits a Sycamore High School graduate pursuing higher education at Kishwaukee College or Northern Illinois University in either the education or healthcare-related fields.
Sycamore native Gina Marie Delmont was born on August 9, 1967. She passed away on December 12, 2018 after a short, but courageous fight with cancer. She was 51 years old at the time of her passing.
During her professional career, Gina held many titles including athletic trainer, educator, clinical operations manager, and senior project manager. Among her many accomplishments, one that stands out is her time at NIU where she was responsible for placing student athletic trainers in various high schools throughout DeKalb County. Another stand out accomplishment dates back to 2008 where Gina was awarded the National Athletic Training Association (NATA) Service Award, presented by the president of NATA.
Donald “Tank” Anderson Memorial Fund
Announcing the Donald “Tank” Anderson Memorial Fund. The fund will serve two functions. The first is to support the activities of the DeKalb Wrestling Club and secondly, to fund the Donald “Tank” Anderson Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship will be awarded to a graduating DeKalb High School student who has participated in the wrestling program for four years, attained a minimum 3.0 GPA, proven leadership skills, and a record of giving back to the community.
This fund is established in memory of Tank Anderson, a DeKalb native, Army veteran, and retired fire fighter. In high school, he excelled at football, being named a two-time all-conference and a special mention all-state player. He was also an all-state performer in track and field for the shot put. After high school, he attended the University of Illinois for two years and then chose to enlist in the Army, participating in the Army Security Agency, stationed in Japan. After the military, he returned to DeKalb and married his sweetheart, Dee Marsh. Anderson discovered his love of wrestling through his sons who participated in the sport in the late 1980s. After this experience, Tank and some friends decided to establish the DeKalb Wrestling Club.