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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 

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Winners of Evan’s Birthday Splash Bash 2019 Lifeguard Competition.  Hayden Moore, Chase Callahan, Carson Wleklinski, Evan Sauer, and Owen Thomas.

Winners of Evan’s Birthday Splash Bash 2019 Lifeguard Competition.

Hayden Moore, Chase Callahan, Carson Wleklinski, Evan Sauer, and Owen Thomas.

Evan Thomas Memorial Scholarship  Siloam Springs High School 2019  “In many ways, this young man reminds me of my Evan. He’s smart. He’s got a great smile. He’s a leader. He excels in the classroom and the swimming pool. He loves music. He loves Jesus. He loves people.  This year, the scholarship given in Evan’s memory goes to someone who has demonstrated a life that aligns with the goals and mission of the Evan Thomas Foundation. He has been an active participant and supporter of the Foundation over the past 4 years. He is actively involved in the community, has shown a commitment to serving others, and a desire to help those in need.  Landon Cottrell, thank you for being you. We wish you the best.” ~ Tracy

Evan Thomas Memorial Scholarship
Siloam Springs High School 2019

“In many ways, this young man reminds me of my Evan. He’s smart. He’s got a great smile. He’s a leader. He excels in the classroom and the swimming pool. He loves music. He loves Jesus. He loves people.
This year, the scholarship given in Evan’s memory goes to someone who has demonstrated a life that aligns with the goals and mission of the Evan Thomas Foundation. He has been an active participant and supporter of the Foundation over the past 4 years. He is actively involved in the community, has shown a commitment to serving others, and a desire to help those in need.
Landon Cottrell, thank you for being you. We wish you the best.” ~ Tracy

The Evan Thomas Foundation was set up to honor

the life and passions of Evan Christopher Thomas.

Tragically, on June 17 ,2014, while swimming with

friends and family in the Illinois River,

Evan disappeared under the water.

His body was later recovered by the Siloam Springs

Fire Department Swift Water Rescue Team.

 

Evan was a dedicated and accomplished swimmer

on the Siloam Springs High School swim team and

the Siloam Springs Flyers swim team, and a member

of the Razorback Aquatic Club.

 

On June 17, 2015, theEvan Thomas Foundation

was established. The Foundation will keep Evan’s

dreams and passions alive by encouraging others

and offering help inactivities he deeply enjoyed.

The Evan Thomas Foundation honors Evan with providing water safety advocacy

through education, swim related scholarships, and continuing Evan’s legacy of living life fully. 

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.

P.O. Box 339

Siloam Springs, AR 72761

evanthomasfoundation@gmail.com

Facebook: Evan Thomas Foundation

(479)-228-4442

 

Scholarships

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.

Application

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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On Saturday, September 28, the Evan Thomas Foundation will hold a Life Jacket Drive at their booth during the Siloam Springs Homegrown Festival. The purpose of the Life Jacket Drive is to collect donations of new and slightly used life jackets, which will be placed at a Life Jacket Loaner Station to be located at Siloam Springs Kayak Park. The station will be stocked with life jackets in a range of sizes that will be available to borrow free of charge for a day on the water. 

Children often outgrow their life jackets and boaters often find that they want to update their own life jackets, but there is no need to throw away the old life jackets. This Life Jacket Drive will allow Evan Thomas Foundation to utilize donated life jackets from the local community by providing a use for life jackets that have been outgrown or are no longer needed.

•Monetary donations will be accepted. 

•Life jackets may also be dropped off at the Siloam Springs Fire Department houses.

Together, we can make sure that everyone has a life jacket to wear while on the water at the Kayak Park. 💙 🌊 💙



Evan ~ 2003.

Evan ~ 2003.