The Hans van Haute Scholarship Fund, established during the 2001 IOAPA session, was named in honor of the main force behind the creation of our Association. Hans was an IOA participant from Belgium in 1985; however, he died in 1991 but had the opportunity to attend the inaugural IOAPA session in 1989 despite his illness (cancer).
During the 1985 Young Participants Session, Hans van Haute from Belgium was inspired and encouraged by the President of the Academy, Professor Nissiotis, to organize an alumni association of the IOA. On his own initiative, Hans wrote, and mailed a newsletter to all the 1985 participants to keep the spirit alive.
Upon the urging of Yiannis Zoumpoulis (GRE), Professor Nissiotis also put the same thought into the heads of 1986 IOA participants Laurel Brassey Iversen (USA), Ingolfur Hannesson (ISL) and others during a meeting in his office. He promised the IOA facilities free of charge for an IOA alumni meeting.
Shortly after the 1986 session Hannesson also began publishing a newsletter for the participants. Eventually van Haute and Hannesson were connected and coordinated their efforts. Almost immediately following the 1987 session, Paul Baldacchino (MLT), joined forces with Ingolfur and Hans and the three became the driving force behind a reunion in Olympia.
In March 1988 Hannesson and Zoumpoulis met in Athens with IOC member, Mr. Nikos Filaretos, who was also the IOA President following the death of Professor Nissiotis. With Zoumpoulis leading the way in Athens, the final plans for a reunion in 1989 rapidly took shape. Invaluable support came when Mr. Filaretos sent a formal letter on 27 March 1989 informing all NOCs and NOAs around the world about the upcoming meeting and value of such an endeavor to the Olympic Movement.
Recognizing Hans van Haute's dedication to the birth of the IOAPA there was a strong movement at that first conference to make him the organization's first president. But Hans refused all these attempts. Not long after the conference everyone learned that Hans was suffering from cancer. On 13 June 1991, just weeks before the second alumni conference, crushing news came that Hans had lost his battle with cancer.
In 1993 during the IOAPA Session, a tree was planted in memory of Hans van Haute behind the Old Lecture Hall. The first tree survived only a few years and a second tree was planted which thrives there today. The IOAPA also developed the Hans van Haute Scholarship to help participants in need attend the session. The report of each session is sent to Han's wife, Lieve Bague-De Keersmaecker.
-Elizabeth Hanley, Hans van Haute Scholarship Fund Chairman 2011-2017
Purpose of the Fund
Created in Hans’ memory, the purpose of this fund is to aid those former IOA participants, coordinators, or lecturers who would like to attend an IOAPA session but cannot do so due to lack of financial resources. During its short existence, the fund was able to offer assistance to two people for the 2003 IOAPA session, one person for the 2009 IOAPA Session and another two people for the 2013 IOAPA session.
Hans van Haute Scholarship 2015 Recipient
Read about this year's recipient: Martina Tomšič from Slovenia.
If you are interested in applying, please read the Hans van Haute Fund Criteria.
Please donate to this fund! Donations, great or small, are appreciated.
Send all donations via Paypal to the IOAPA Treasurer, Daniele Nati.
The 2015 IOAPA Session participants organized an impromptu silent auction during one of the social nights. It raised over € 200 for the Fund.
Hans van Haute Donations can now be made "in memory of" and "in honor of".
For further information about the fund, please contact Elizabeth A. Hanley, Committee Chair.