2022–2023
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.

"The Swim with Mike scholarship has meant the world to me since receiving it."

Thomas Venos

University of Alabama

"The Swim with Mike scholarship has meant the world to me since receiving it. This scholarship has allowed me not to just go to school and get an education but also pursue one of my passion along with it, playing tennis for the University of Alabama. Without this scholarship I would have never been able to come to the University of Alabama."

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"Attending graduate school can seem like a dream when the costs are taken into account, and this wouldn't have been possible without Swim With Mike."

Cor'Rales Dupree

University of Illinois

"This alleviation of debt is especially crucial because I am out an out-of-state student and a first-generation college student. Attending graduate school can seem like a dream when the costs are taken into account, and this wouldn't have been possible without Swim With Mike."

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"I would not be who and where I am today."

Kelli Sakaguchi

University of California, Los Angeles

"With the Swim With Mike Foundation taking care of the costs of college, I can focus on my medical needs and my education. For me, college is a milestone in my recovery. It’s a time where I can find how I fit into the world with my disability. Although it can be a struggle to keep pushing forward, my fellow recipients continually inspire me with their strength and dedication. I would not be who and where I am today without the endless support of every single person that contributes to the Ripple Effect."

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Jake Thibeault

Babson College

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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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