Davenport-based manufacturer American Power Systems, Inc. (APS) is now accepting 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 sixth 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 2023 with a major or specific focus in a science, technology, engineering and/or math discipline.

Davenport manufacturer APS accepting applications for $5,000 STEM award to area graduates

Required submission materials are available for download at www.americanpowerinc.com/about/scholarships/ and include:

  • Application form
  • Scholarship essay requirements
  • Reference letter guidelines

Previous scholarship winners are:

  • 2022: Taylor Mayhue, North Scott High School
  • 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

Complete details are available on the website. Deadline to apply is noon, Feb. 27, 2023. APS plans to announce the winner in May 2023.

For more information about the scholarship, visit www.americanpowerinc.com/about/scholarships/ or www.facebook.com/TKEmemorialscholarship. Questions may be directed to scholarship@americanpowerinc.com.

Davenport manufacturer APS accepting applications for $5,000 STEM award to area graduates

About American Power Systems, Inc.

Founded by the late Thomas K. Evans in 2006, American Power Systems, Inc. was created to fulfill a growing need for high power alternatives for a wide range of vehicles. Quickly gaining a worldwide reputation for quality, innovation and expertise, APS became the trusted partner of a variety of governmental agencies and companies around the globe.


Headquartered in Davenport, Iowa, APS specializes in the innovation and custom crafting of power conversion and distribution systems for armored, securitycommercialmarine and purpose-built specialty vehicles like RVs and luxury motor coaches. APS products include high output alternators, custom alternator brackets and dual alternator bracket kits, DC-DC boost converters, DC-DC step down converters, high idle switches, and more.

In March 2020, APS. was honored as Small Business Exporter of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Region VII office. With a growing client base and award-winning success, APS continues to expand and offer its business partners reliable, dependable, and durable products and hands-on support.

Davenport manufacturer APS accepting applications for $5,000 STEM award to area graduates
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Davenport manufacturer APS accepting applications for $5,000 STEM award to area graduates

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