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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.

Applications to the Drew Swan Sibling Scholarship will remain open through April 30, 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 who is a permanent resident of Georgia

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


2019 Applications open March 1, 2019

2019 Applications due April 30, 2019

Winner will be chosen in May 2019

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. 

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