Dave DeCourcey Scholarship Fund
Sadly, Dave DeCourcey passed away on December 26, 2016. Please help keep his passion for learning alive by contributing to a scholarship fund in his honor. 100% of the funds received will go to cover expenses for scholarship recipients to attend VISION.
The Automotive world has been missing a great advocate for a while. Dave DeCourcey is suffering from liver failure even though he has never been a drinker. As Dave waits for a liver to become available, our community suffers not having him promoting the industry and providing us with valuable technician training.
If you don’t know Dave, let me scratch the surface and share my experience. I first met Dave about ten years ago at the Linder Conference in Indianapolis. It was my first time attending the conference and I was hanging with a small group that I had only known a short time. During one of the breaks this guy starts talking, he’s larger than life, funny and outgoing. I was wondering who the heck this guy was. I came to find out that Dave had convinced somewhere around fifteen guys to jump on a plane from Boston to attend the conference. I was later told that Dave had paid for some of them. Dave believed in training so much that he was infectious. I would see Dave at Vision and Linder every year, always fun and knowledgeable. When Jim Linder stopped the Linder conference, I would see Dave at other training events. Dave was an expert at demonstrating his “find training and GO” attitude! Dave also served as a trainer in his area to make sure knowledge was spread.
Why am I sharing this? I have discussed with some of his closest friends, Sheri Hamilton and Scott Brown about the creation of the Dave DeCourcey Scholarship. ASA-Midwest is willing to host the scholarship and has a 501c3 account through their Technicians of Tomorrow Educational Foundation to accept funds. We feel that this is a great way to honor Dave. It is our sincere hope that Dave is the person to award the scholarship next year.
We would like to ask that you help with this effort. It will take a large amount of money to keep this scholarship alive but ANY dollar amount will help. Sharing stories about Dave on iATN, Facebook and email will also help the effort. Please inspire others to give. Anyone that has ever had their vehicle repaired needs to understand that people like Dave, are why the repair was done correctly.
Help us keep Dave's passion for learning alive! Please help spread the word about this great scholarship that is available for an automotive technician to attend VISION. (Download application here: http://tinyurl.com/decourceynextgen2017).
You can also make a donation to the Dave DeCourcey Next Generation Scholarship Fund. These funds will be used for scholarships to enable the next generation of technicians to experience Dave's favorite event - VISION HiTech Training & Expo. Recipients of this scholarship will have $500 reimbursement for airfare, plus hotel, ground transportation and registration fees paid.
Most importantly, please keep the entire DeCourcey family in your prayers.
Rest in peace, Dave. The industry promises to continue carrying your torch for learning. You will be dearly missed, dear friend.