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 look forward to continuing my role in the Swim with Mike Ripple Effect into the future."

Myles Molnar

University of Southern California

"The Swim with Mike scholarship has led me to my place at USC and my membership in the Trojan Knights. These two things embody what it means to be a recipient of the Swim with Mike scholarship. The Trojan Knights embody the Ripple Effect with the opportunity of service in the community. The Swim with Mike scholarship has allowed me to become a student of higher education which has broadened my horizon and my expectations in myself by lifting any limitations I may have once had. I look forward to continuing my role in the Swim with Mike Ripple Effect into the future."

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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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"For I know the plans I have for your, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

Danny Smuts

University of Missouri

"For I know the plans I have for your, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11

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"The 42nd SWM was an extraordinary time and I felt right at home."

Mason Branstrator

University of Denver

"Strangely enough, disability has affected me more positively than I could have imagined. On the one hand, my injury is hard on my body and time-consuming. On the other, it has provided me with a community and family that is both content and ever-searching for improvements in quality of life."

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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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