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.

Rachel Miller

USC

"Thank you so much! I am incredibly excited to join the Swim with Mike family! Being a recipient of the Swim with Mike scholarship allows me to achieve my goals of higher education without the limitation of expense."

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Alex Uppenkamp

San Diego State University

"I feel very fortunate to have the Foundation's support. School has always been something that I have found pleasure in as I enjoy the challenges of learning new things and applying those to life. I am looking forward to achieving my academic goals and helping other newly injured athletes along this journey."

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"It is an incredible honor to be selected as one of the recipients of the Swim With Mike Scholarship and to be accepted into their family. It is humbling to know that people I have never met have generously donated to my future."

Matt Hylen

Bridgewater State University

"This scholarship carries with it more meaning than just helping our family afford a college education, it means I get to be part of something bigger. I get to pursue my dreams and I get to pay it forward and help other kids pursue their dreams. If my life now was the ocean the day after a huge storm, this Swim With Mike scholarship is the rock that is starting me off on my adventure. I don't know where it will take me, and I can't see how far the ripples go, but I know it will be endless."

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"I look at my situation as what an opportunity to live by faith, work hard, overcome an extraordinary obstacle and (hopefully) inspire others along the way."

Sydney Fowler

Anderson University

"Without paralysis, my story wouldn’t be a positive influence. Do I still hope that, in my lifetime, there will be a scientific breakthrough that cures paralysis? Absolutely! But, until then, I choose joy. I choose to be grateful. I choose to accept this path and live life to the fullest with a positive, resilient spirit."

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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.