The Degen Foundation

Degen Foundation History

Sparks Hospital c. 1900
Sparks Hospital c. 1900

Arkansas’ first hospital, St. John’s, was founded by the Reverend George F. Degen, who in 1887, collected $500 from local merchants along Garrison Ave to rent a building as a place to care for the injured. We honor Reverend Degen and the efforts of so many to improve health care in our hometown.


Office Hours & Location

Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

7000 Chad Colley Blvd
Fort Smith, AR 72916


“Providing for our region’s health care needs
by investing in practical solutions today
with a vision for tomorrow”

Featured Organization

To the left, William “Bill” Loyd, Executive Director of Abilities Unlimited, grins as he signs the Agreement Letter for a $6,700.00 Degen Grant to purchase six (6) Automated external defibrillators (AED’s) that will be cabinet mounted for 4 different agency locations and one (1) AED in a travel case to accompany clients/employees during day trips or activities away from the more

Foundation Announcements

The Special High School County Scholarship Program is now open. Applications will be accepted between September 30 and December 15, 2016.

Reminder that the deadline to apply for a December 2016 Grant/Scholarship is September 30, 2016.

Our office is now located at 7000 Chad Colley Blvd, Fort Smith, AR – within the Arkansas Colleges of Health Education/Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine building. Our phone number is: 479.755.6880 and Fax: 479.755.6875

Please see instructions for Grant and Scholarship applications for either email or hard-copy filing.

Please Send All Materials To:

Attn: Executive Director
The Degen Foundation
PO Box 10366
Fort Smith, AR 72917

Dedicated to improving the health care and education needs in the River Valley Region.