'Mike' scholarships awarded to Isle trio Visitor Industry Charity Walk deadline Monday
Three student-athletes from Hawai'i will receive "Swim With Mike" college scholarships. In its 30th year, the program is awarding $757,000 to 42 disabled athletes through its Physically Challenged Athletes Scholarship program.
The Hawai'i recipients are Joseph Broc of Hāle'iwa, Fulutusi Mailo of Kahuku and Ann Yoshida of Mililani. Broc, a Hawai'i Pacific senior, participated in paddling and Mailo, a senior at Brigham Young-Hawai'i, in football. Yoshida, pursuing a master's at Utah State in Rehabilitation Counseling/Speech Pathology, was involved in gymnastics, swimming, hiking, surfing, running and golf.
Nearly $10 million has been raised over the past 30 years through the Swim With Mike swim-a-thon. The fund is designed to allow students who "overcame life-challenging accidents or illnesses to pursue both undergraduate and graduate degrees."
The program is run by volunteers and supported by corporate and private donations, along with the annual swim-a-thon. It started as a way to purchase a specially equipped van for Mike Nyeholt, a three-time All-America swimmer for USC. Last year, Hawai'i raised more than $15,000.
The sixth annual Swim With Mike Hawai'i swim-a-thon will be at the University of Hawai'i April 24. For more information, visit www.swimwithmike.org.
To qualify for a scholarship, applicants must "have suffered an illness or injury that resulted in a physical disability that substantially limits major life activity; have participated in organized high school or college athletics prior to the illness or injury; meet admissions requirements of the selected university; and maintain a 2.5 grade point average while enrolled."