2023–2024
Scholarship Recipients

recipient stories

A Beacon of Light and Hope

Pursuing education is a roadmap for recovery after traumatic injury. It is a chance to pursue a new chapter, offering student-athletes who are driven and competitive by nature, a sense of purpose, independence, and well-being. Completing a degree and excelling in the classroom is up to the individual—a path forward. We welcome you to meet our current recipients and learn more about their triumphant stories.

"I was able to jumpstart my new mission in life."

Dillon Connolly

University of Southern California

"After my injury and before going back to school, I felt like my life was wasted because I'd lost so much. What helped me cope mentally was I was able to help a bunch of people with the same struggles, then my injury wasn't a waste of life, it was the start of a new one--focused on helping others that I now knew needed my help. Through the SWM scholarship, and the entrepreneurship master's program, I was able to jumpstart my new mission in life--help as many wheelchair users live happier healthier lives. Because of this program, I feel so prepared to take on launching a business and navigate the entrepreneurship world, and also I now have a ridiculous supply of resources and connections to help me along the way. Knowing how difficult it is firsthand, I don't think I would've ever gotten anything off of the ground without it.

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Nathan Morse

Marist College

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To say I’m honored to be selected to receive a scholarship and become part of the Swim with Mike family is an understatement. Not only is this providing me with financial support but it’s also a reminder that people believe in me and my goals.

Kailin Pippenger

Morningside University

To say I’m honored to be selected to receive a scholarship and become part of the Swim with Mike family is an understatement. Not only is this providing me with financial support but it’s also a reminder that people believe in me and my goals. I am also greatly looking forward to being surrounded by a group of people who have similar goals and drive as me. As a result of this scholarship I will be able to continue to pursue my education while competing competitively in CrossFit and pursue my L1 coaching certificate. Through these things I hope to embrace what it means to be a member of the Swim with Mike Foundation and continue the Ripple effect.

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"I am more confident about my future and look forward to making my Swim with Mike family proud."

Natalie Fung

University of Southern California

"I am so thankful that Swim with Mike has given me the opportunity to pursue a master's degree in data science. After sustaining a spinal cord injury, I did not think that I could finish my undergraduate education, let alone go onto graduate school or get a job. Now, I am more confident about my future, and look forward to making my Swim with Mike family proud."

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Education is the Great Equalizer:
A Path Forward for Student-Athletes to
Realize New Opportunities


The impact of an educational scholarship is two-fold: it develops the individual and it illuminates a new path after a catastrophic, life-altering event. Beginning an undergraduate, graduate, or doctoral program levels the playing field and allows scholarship recipients to reimagine their future and reshape themselves as individuals. The positive energy and challenges faced in the classroom builds self-esteem, self-reliance, and the ability to achieve great success as an independent person. The university experience offers the fundamental building blocks to pursue professional passions, stimulate innovation, and move their life forward.

As student-athletes, Swim with Mike Foundation scholarship recipients are challenged to push through life-altering obstacles and serve as pillars of courage and hope for those that follow in their wake.

By supporting a campaign, you are enabling current recipients to ride the wave of the Ripple Effect where they can raise money to help future student-athletes achieve success through an academic scholarship.

Current Recipients

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