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In Honor

The Drew Swan Sibling Scholarship is in honor of Andrew “Drew” Swan. Drew was the sibling of Samantha Swan who attends Extra Special People, Inc. (ESP). ESP is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency in Watkinsville, Georgia that creates opportunities for people with disabilities and their families to engage, connect, and thrive. Drew was a determined young man with a passion, wisdom, and kindness not often found in the heart of a 19-year-old. He tenderly cared for his sister in many ways and both volunteered and advocated for her favorite place, ESP. Drew passed away June 5, 2017 in an accident. Drew’s legacy and heart for his sister will live on through the Drew Swan Sibling Scholarship.

The Drew Swan Sibling Scholarship is a one-year, non-renewable award, contingent upon acceptance or enrollment in a two-year or four-year nonprofit higher education institution. An award of $1,500 will be given directly to the applicant’s higher education institution based on the applicant’s merit within the competitive pool.

Congratulations to the inaugural recipient of the Drew Swan Sibling Scholarship: Lydia Freeman!

Lydia is a nursing student at Georgia State University. She is one of 5, with her younger brother Nick a previous participant at ESP summer camp! Nick brings so much joy and happiness to her family, and she can’t imagine life without him! After she graduates, she plans to continue her education to become a certified nurse midwife. 

Applications to the Drew Swan Sibling Scholarship will reopen in spring 2019, and we invite all siblings of individuals with a developmental disability to apply! 

Questions and applications should be emailed to Ashley Hilmer at


The sibling of an individual with a developmental disability

Enrolled or accepted into a nonprofit higher education institution

In pursuit of a 2- or 4-year undergraduate degree

Attending or planning to attend school at least part-time

Willing to provide additional documents as requested by the selection committee



Proof of a sibling with a developmental disability

Most recent academic transcript (can be unofficial)

Proof of college enrollment or acceptance in a nonprofit higher education institution

Two letters of recommendation from non-family members

Those interested in supporting the Drew Swan Sibling Scholarship Fund, may contribute online HERE.