Hans van Haute Fund

Hans van Haute Fund

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.

Application criteria

If you are interested in applying, please read the Hans van Haute Fund Criteria.

The amount of any scholarship awarded will vary with the amount of money available and will only be a contribution to the total amount needed.  No one will be funded completely.

In order to apply for this scholarship, please send your application BEFORE APRIL 17th, 2019 to: Elizabeth Hanley, Hans Van Haute Scholarship Fund Chair. Documents to be sent :

  1. short CV
  2. short motivation letter/presentation explaining your involvement in sport - Olympic movement
  3. demonstrating your financial difficulties


Please donate to this fund! Donations, great or small, are appreciated.

Send all donations via Paypal to the IOAPA Treasurer, Ulrich Rosen.

The IOAPA Session participants organize an impromptu silent auction during one of the social nights. It raised money towards the Fund.

Hans van Haute Donations can now be made "in memory of" and "in honour of".

More about Hans van Haute

HANS VAN HAUTE FUNDThe 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 Hans' wife, Lieve Bague-De Keersmaecker.

During its short existence, the fund has been able to offer assistance to several participants over the past decade.

-Elizabeth Hanley, Hans van Haute Scholarship Fund Chair 2011-2019

Hans van Haute Scholarship Recipients


For further information about the fund, please contact Elizabeth A. Hanley, Committee Chair.