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 am honored to carry the Swim With Mike torch by showing how people with disabilities can still strive and achieve their goals."

Austin Somerville

Clemson University

“As a recipient of the Swim With Mike Scholarship, I am not only grateful for the financial benefit it has given me, but also the supportive community I have been welcomed into. As I begin my college journey, I am honored to carry the Swim With Mike torch by showing how people with disabilities can still strive after and achieve their goals.”

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Steven Azarian

Arizona State University

"My disability does not separate me from anyone else and I don’t want it to stop me from achieving my full potential."

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Charles DeGennaro

Sacred Heart University

"I believe in inspiring others with a “can do” attitude and positive thinking. I believe disabilities do not define us and I am much more than a diagnosis. I hope to continue to look forward and give back."

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"I wanted to make sure I made the best of my new life and this foundation has allowed that for me.”

Parker Haller

George Mason University

“Swim With Mike has given the opportunity and confidence to take a path in my education that I am truly passionate about. After my injury, I wanted to make sure I made the best of my new life, and this foundation has allowed that for me.”

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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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