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Evan's life was a gift. Evan lived fully. Evan's story is about the love of swimming, love of life, and love of Jesus.

Romans 8:28

Siloam Springs Police Department Gets Swift Water Rescue Gear

Police officers and first responders met with Tracy Billingsley of the Evan Thomas Foundation on Tuesday for a donation ceremony at the Police Department. The Foundation made a donation of four swift water rescue kits to the police department, which Police Chief Jim Wilmeth said didn't have any water rescue gear before the donation. The donation epitomizes the work of the foundation in the two years since Evan Thomas' tragic drowning in the Illinois River, just downstream of the Siloam Springs Kayak Park, on June 17, 2014. Billingsley, who is Thomas' mother, and the foundation have partnered with first responders, veterans and swim teams in sponsorships, scholarships and donations in her son's honor, - Michael Burchfiel, Herald Leader 


One of Evan's favorite verses was Romans 8:28. "All for good" R8:28 has become part of his signature logo and it's truth has brought hope and comfort to his loved ones. 

When a champion swimmer enjoying a day at the river with his friends and family drowns, what then? You look for "good". You do good. You promote good. Shortly after Evan's death, the Evan Thomas Memorial scholarship was established at Siloam Springs High School. The foundation expands Evan's legacy by partnering with established organizations and providing scholarships for their related activities.

The goal of Evan Thomas Foundation is to: 

•Foster the love of swimming •support swim education programs •promote the sport of swimming •offer hope and help encourage others who have lost loved ones to drowning

Evan’s life was a gift. You will live a full life only when you live fully in the gift of each moment. Evan lived fully.

Every day his family celebrates his life remembering his music, his laughter, his sports and playfulness, his loving people and loving Jesus.

You are all asked to remember him now and always.




P.O. Box 339

Siloam Springs, AR 72761


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*Red Cross Lifeguard Certification

*Swim Lessons

Swim Team Membership & Fees

*Student-Athlete Scholarship

(The Student-Athlete Scholarship is open to all student-athletes who plan to attend a 4 year college. Students must be currently enrolled in high school or junior college.)

Each applicant should click on the link below. Print out the form. Fill in the required information and mail to:

Evan Thomas Foundation

PO Box 339

Siloam Springs, AR 72761


Terms and conditions

  • Unless noted otherwise, you must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

  • You must provide your mailing address so that we can send you paperwork to complete if you are selected as a scholarship recipient.

  • To be awarded a scholarship, a recipient must be enrolling in a program that partners with the Evan Thomas Foundation or be previously approved by the foundation. Scholarship proceeds will be directly remitted to that program. Prior to the recipient beginning participation in the program, they will need to complete a Payment Form that specifically identifies where to send the award payment. If this form is not completed, the award will not be disbursed, and the recipient may forfeit the award.

  • By applying for a scholarship, applicant grants Evan Thomas Foundation permission to post their name on www.evanthomasfoundation.com or in other marketing communications in the event they are awarded the scholarship.

  • Scholarship recipients will be encouraged, but not required to submit a current photo and submit a publicity release granting Evan Thomas Foundation permission to use their photo on www.evanthomasfoundation.com and in other Evan Thomas Foundation communications.

  • In order to ensure a fair and equitable selection process, Evan Thomas Foundation may retain the services of a third-party scholarship administrator to select and notify scholarship recipients, to verify recipient information, and to remit scholarship proceeds to the receiving program. Evan Thomas Foundation and/or its designated third-party scholarship-selection service have sole discretion of selecting scholarship recipients.

  • Evan Thomas Foundation reserves the right to change the scholarship programs at any time, including available scholarships, deadlines, requirements, award amounts or other program details.

Your information is safe with us. Evan Thomas Foundation Privacy Policy applies to all Evan Thomas Foundation scholarships. See eligibility requirements for each scholarship for more details.


All gifts are tax deductible. Gifts can be sent directly to:

Evan Thomas Foundation

P.O. Box 339

Siloam Springs, AR 72761

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