Ethan Saylor lived his life to the fullest. Whether it was rocking out to music, working with law enforcement or playing the guitar, when Ethan wanted to do something, nothing was going to stop him.

Each year, NDSS awards a $500 scholarship to an individual who embodies the same energy that Ethan carried with him. The scholarship is designed to help give individuals with Down syndrome a way to pursue their own quests, regardless of any perceived limitations. This award will be given annually to those who display the same drive and determination to pursue their dreams.

*If you are looking for a scholarship to help with college costs, please visit the O’Neill Tabani Enrichment Fund page. This scholarship is for individuals to pursue their passions outside of academics!

Contribute to the scholarship fund

“Nothing is as important as passion. No matter what you want to do with your life, be passionate.”  -Jon Bon Jovi

Eligibility Criteria

Each applicant must:

  • Have Down syndrome
  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Intend to pursue a passion despite previous limitations

To apply, in 500 words or less, tell us about your passions, dreams and how you would use the Ethan Saylor Memorial Scholarship to make your dreams a reality. In the application, please be sure to include your name, address, age, phone number and e-mail address. Self-advocates may apply for themselves or have someone else complete the application for them

The application deadline for the 2021 Ethan Saylor Memorial Scholarship is May 7, 2021.

Apply for the Ethan Saylor Memorial Scholarship


Past Recipients


Alyssa made history by being the first contestant with Down syndrome to be in a preliminary Miss Michigan Pageant, part of the Miss America Organization. Alyssa used the scholarship money to enter the 2018 pageant and purchase a new gown.


Sam and Mattie are best friends and filmmakers who premiered their movie Spring Break Zombie Massacre in 2016. The duo plans to use the scholarship money to begin working on their second film.


Joey Agostino of Norwalk, Connecticut, loves music. He used the Ethan Saylor Memorial Scholarship to take DJ Board lessons to help further his dream of becoming a DJ.


Like Ethan, Blake Pyron of Sanger, Texas, has a passion for playing the guitar and listening to music. With the scholarship, Blake was able to attend professional guitar lessons and further his guitar skills.