Applications now open for $5,000 Thomas K. Evans Memorial Scholarship

American Power Systems, Inc. (APS) has opened up applications for its $5,000 award for new college entrants pursuing education in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The Thomas K. Evans Memorial Scholarship is a merit- and need-based, one-time gift.

Now in its fifth year, the scholarship is named in honor of the late Thomas Keenan Evans, a local engineer and entrepreneur who founded APS in 2006. The award was created in 2017 to encourage bright, creative young people to achieve and excel, and to help them change the world for the better. APS fully funds the scholarship.

To be eligible to apply, a student must be graduating in 2022 from a school located in Bettendorf, Davenport, East Moline, Eldridge, Moline, Pleasant Valley or Rock Island. In addition, he or she must plan to matriculate for the first time into an accredited college program in 2022 with a major or specific focus in a science, technology, engineering and/or math discipline.

Required submission materials are available for download at and include:

  • Application form
  • Scholarship essay requirements
  • Reference letter guidelines
  • Previous scholarship winners are:
  • 2021: Brady O’Neil, Davenport West High School
  • 2020: Grace Bjustrom, North Scott High School
  • 2019: Joseph Dryoel, United Township High School
  • 2018: Cole Caleo, Rock Island Alleman High School
  • Deadline to apply is noon, Feb. 28, 2022. APS plans to announce the winner in May 2022.

    For more information about the scholarship, visit or Questions may be directed to [email protected].