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DIANE GEPPI-AIKENS ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP

The Diane Geppi-Aikens Endowed Scholarship was established through donations from a group of women's lacrosse alumnae and is the first endowed scholarship for a female student-athlete at Loyola.

Established in 2014, the scholarship will be presented annually to a senior on the women's lacrosse team who shares the values, characteristics and traits that Geppi-Aikens did for family, competitiveness, advocacy for sports and lacrosse, and toughness.

The 2016 honoree is senior Bailey Mathis. A two-time All-Patriot League performer from Lake Worth, Florida, Mathis has earned Academic All-Patriot League honors twice and a spot on the IWLCA Academic Honor Roll. Mathis is also the co-President of SAAC and a member of Loyola's prestigious Green & Grey Society.

Geppi-Aikens was born in Baltimore and attended Parkville High School before attending Loyola College on a volleyball and lacrosse scholarship. An All-America goalkeeper, Geppi-Aikens went on to become Loyola's women's volleyball head coach and five years later, the women's lacrosse coach â€" a position she held until her death in June of 2003.

A courageous, enthusiastic, compassionate, approachable inspiration to all who knew her, Geppi-Aikens led the women's lacrosse team to 10 NCAA Tournaments in her 15 seasons as head coach, including seven national semifinals and one NCAA title game. She was named the National Coach of the Year on three occasions and was inducted into the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame in October 2015.

In 1995 though, she started getting seizures and was diagnosed with brain cancer. She went on to have three brain surgeries, but in December 2002, her cancer became terminal. Even though she was partially paralyzed, she continued to coach, including coaching her last year from a wheelchair while leading her team to a No. 1 ranking in the country.

Diane Geppi-Aikens Endowed Scholarship Recipients

2014 - Hannah Schmitt

2015 - Molly Wolf

2016 - Bailey Mathis

2017 - Margaret Filippelli

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