Supporters Like You
Read about supporters like you who are making it possible for students to learn, lead, and serve in a diverse and changing world.
Mike and Sue Abromaitis
Carol “Sue” Abromaitis, Ph.D., has taught English at Loyola since 1962, the same year her husband Mike received his bachelor’s degree. They have made a $100,000 pledge, as well as a $100,000 bequest, to establish scholarships for men’s lacrosse and the Catholic Studies program.
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“Since we come from a family with a long line of Loyola graduates—starting with Mike’s father, Joseph Abromaitis, a member of the second class to graduate from the Evergreen campus in 1926—we know the importance of scholarships to our students,” they said.
Loyola alumni span three generations of their family; in addition to Mike’s father, graduates include Sue’s brother and five nieces and nephews, two of whom played men’s and women’s lacrosse for the Greyhounds. Mike himself was an attackman for the men’s lacrosse team for four years.
They are enthusiastic Greyhounds fans, cheering on the teams from the stands at Ridley or courtside on Forbes Court in Reitz Arena. Mike has even broadcast selected men’s lacrosse games on the radio and for ESPN3 from Ridley Athletic Complex.
And Mike and Sue are passionate about supporting Loyola University Maryland to strengthen the University today and tomorrow.
“When we were talking about what we wanted our legacy to be at Loyola University, we realized that men’s lacrosse and Catholic Studies were of great importance to us,” they said. “We hope that our contribution will result in young men and women who make a difference in this world because of their Loyola education.”
Jeannine and Jim Moriconi
As a student at Loyola, Jim Moriconi, ’87, was on the soccer team and earned his bachelor of business administration in marketing. He learned that education and determination are the keys to a successful future. “The harder you work, the luckier you get,” he said.
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Jim and his wife Jeannine, who are Jenkins Society members, support Loyola through provisions in their wills and a major gift—both of which will create and fund the Moriconi Family Soccer Scholarship Fund. They also support the men’s and women’s soccer program with annual gifts. Jim wants to pay it forward and show gratitude to the many mentors who coached him to success. “You have to be humble and grateful and give back,” says Jim, who is the owner and founder of Jemco Graphic Services Inc.
The Moriconis hope to set an example for their family and the community that no contribution—whether it’s a donation of time or financial support—is too small. “I want people to see that this scholarship has been planned properly—over many years—in hopes of encouraging more people to give back,” Jim said. His parents’ hard work and dedication to their church inspired him to give financial support during his lifetime.
“Watching my mother give back to her church so selflessly and seeing my father dedicate all these years to coaching made the decision to give back to Loyola an easy one,” he said. Through these gifts to the University, Jim would also like to remember and honor his late brothers, Ronnie and Robert Moriconi, and nephew, Timothy Moriconi, who recently passed.
Gifts made during their lifetime to the Moriconi Family Soccer Scholarship Fund will allow them to see how their financial support impacts the lives of current soccer players at Loyola.
“Jeannine and I have both benefited from scholarships,” he said. “We have found harmony and success, and we want to pay it forward. Our hope is that this tradition continues in the future. If you can change one person’s life by helping to fund their college education, do it.”
“Watching my mother give back to her church so selflessly and seeing my father dedicate all these years to coaching made the decision to give back to Loyola an easy one.”
Louis and Judith Kistner
“Always keep learning” is a life motto for Louis Kistner, ’66. It’s that approach that makes him want to inspire today’s students and to learn from them himself.
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Because of his and his wife Judy’s lifelong connection to education and their admiration for Loyola, they have decided to support the University through a provision in their wills and annual Evergreen support. The Kistners, who are both Jenkins Society and John Early Society members, have created the Louis and Judith Kistner Scholarship to provide financial assistance to students in Loyola’s Sellinger School of Business and Management.
“When I returned to campus for my 50th reunion, I was overwhelmed by the hospitality shown to Loyola alumni and decided to re-engage with the University,” says Lou, who finished his degree in business administration after serving in the Vietnam War. Lou, an external relations consultant who has prior corporate-level responsibilities and is an active member on several area boards, is eager to share his expertise with students as a member of the Sellinger School’s Management and International Business advisory board.
“Loyola’s Jesuit values taught me how to be self-sufficient and self-organized, lessons that are vital to students as they start out in their careers.”
The Kistners hope that their support will have a positive impact on future Sellinger students as they prepare for life after Loyola.
“Our commitment to support both of our undergraduate universities was an important decision to make over our lifetime together,” Judy said.
Robert & Rudy DeSantis
“The things I learned at Loyola—and the professors I had—had a very deep influence on my life. Two of my children went to Loyola, and I’ve had contact with many graduates over the years. These young graduates have been wonderful people and terrific representatives of the University. Now I volunteer as a teacher’s aide in the science department of Cristo Rey Jesuit High School four to five days a week. It’s a real joy. Because I get so much out of it, I don’t feel I’m really giving anything back … and so, in the Jesuit tradition of trying to do more, of Magis, we have created this scholarship with the hope that Cristo Rey students will benefit and go on to receive a Loyola education.” —Rudy DeSantis, ’58
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“When I look back on the sacrifices my parents made to send their ten children to Catholic high school and then to college—the energy they expended ensuring we were always working as hard as we should be and the organization it took to see that each of us had what we needed to succeed—I am reminded of what my own responsibilities are. Supporting my alma mater through scholarships has the potential of making a real difference in someone’s life, someone who will hopefully also choose to pay it forward one day.” —Robert DeSantis, ’85
Rudy DeSantis, ’58, has made a $100,000 bequest to support the DeSantis Family Scholarship, an endowed fund of $50,000 started by his son Robert to benefit the continuing Jesuit education of a graduate of Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Baltimore—where Rudy is a long-time volunteer.
Robert, who received his degree from Loyola in 1985, was married in Alumni Memorial Chapel in 1994 to Suzanne Macys DeSantis, ’85, Psy.D. ’89. He has pledged an additional $100,000 of his estate to support the scholarship and continues to make generous contributions to Loyola’s Evergreen Fund each year.
Joanna Armiger Edwards & Stuart W. Edwards
Loyola University Maryland has received a $2.5 million planned gift from Joanna Armiger Edwards, MBA ’00, and her husband, Stuart W. Edwards, to create an endowed scholarship fund for rising undergraduate juniors and seniors who demonstrate both financial need and academic merit.
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The Stuart W. and Joanna Armiger Edwards Scholarship will be established with assets bequeathed to Loyola upon the couple’s death. The bequest is one of the largest gifts designated for a new endowed scholarship in Loyola’s history.
“Educated men and women raise educated families,” said Armiger Edwards. “Both of us feel very committed to the idea that education is the answer; and the more access to education there is to a much wider variety of people, the better our community and our nation will be.”
Armiger Edwards is a licensed clinical psychologist who has practiced in Maryland for nearly four decades. She began her career as an administrative assistant at the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Washington, D.C., and Buffalo, New York, and went on to work at a farming trade association in Chicago. She later earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from San Jose State University and a Ph.D. in human development psychology from the University of Maryland. She has run her own practice—first in Columbia, Maryland, and now in Bethesda—since 1980, and she enrolled in and completed the MBA program at Loyola’s Sellinger School of Business and Management to hone her skills as a business owner.
Edwards is a former computer systems integration consultant. After earning his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan, he served as an officer in the U.S. Navy in the early 1970s. He then worked for several years for the U.S. House of Representatives, during which time he also earned master’s degrees in electrical engineering and operations research from The George Washington University. Following a stint at the U.S. Department of Energy as director of policy analysis, he moved to private consulting and worked with the petroleum, banking, and government services sectors for the bulk of his career before his retirement in 2012. He went on to enroll in Loyola’s master of theological studies program.
“There is a vitality among Loyola students that you can see and feel when walking around campus. It’s different from any other university I’ve ever attended or visited,” said Edwards. “It’s that kind of commitment to learning, the Jesuit way, that is the foundation for success. And it’s palpable at Loyola.”
The couple’s gift is included in Loyola’s Bright Minds, Bold Hearts comprehensive campaign to raise $100 million for strategic academic, service, and experiential programs and initiatives at the University. The substantial contribution from the Edwardses brings the total raised to more than $66 million.
“We are grateful to Mrs. Armiger Edwards and Mr. Edwards for this generous gift, which will benefit so many students in the future,” said Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J., president of Loyola. “Their gift will not only make a difference in the lives of Loyola students through the scholarship opportunities it offers, but also a broader impact as it will almost certainly inspire others to consider how they, too, can make a contribution to enrich the distinctive educational experience Loyola offers to students today and tomorrow.”
Armiger Edwards and Edwards married in 2002 at All Souls Memorial Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C., the same church where they met on Easter Sunday exactly one year earlier. Together they have two sons and two daughters from previous marriages and six grandchildren.
Armiger Edwards was born in Baltimore and grew up there and in Florida. She volunteers as a garden docent at the Hillwood Estate, Museum, and Gardens and serves on the board of the Washington Society of Psychoanalytic Psychology. Edwards was born in Macon, Georgia, and grew up there and in Delaware. He is a competitive equestrian and actively involved in their church.
They live together in Washington, D.C.
“Both of us feel very committed to the idea that education is the answer; and the more access to education there is to a much wider variety of people, the better our community and our nation will be.”
— Joanna Armiger Edwards, ’00
As a writing professor, Daniel M. McGuiness, Ph.D., gave many students a strong foundation in writing and inspired their love for the written word. He was highly respected and well-loved by his students.
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After he died of Parkinson’s disease on November 18, 2012, his wife, Ilona McGuiness, Ph.D., decided to establish a scholarship fund in his memory to continue his legacy—and some of the many alumni whose lives he had touched contributed to the fund.
That scholarship his wife established is given to students with financial need who are writing majors concentrating in creative writing. As McGuiness, who was dean of first-year students and academic services at Loyola at the time, was looking toward the future, she decided she wanted to do even more to support future generations of Loyola students.
So she generously started a scholarship fund named for her and her late husband that would be fully funded through a $1 million bequest after her death.
That legacy, through the Drs. Daniel M. and Ilona M. McGuiness Scholarship Fund, would support students with financial need who are in the Honors Program and majoring in writing.
“Loyola’s faculty already give to the University in so many ways, through their teaching and mentoring of students,” said Brian M. Oakes, ’99, MBA ’10, assistant vice president for advancement. “For a faculty member to make a financial gift as well—particularly through a planned gift like Ilona’s extraordinarily generous bequest—is truly inspiring and has a profound impact on the future of the University.”
Because the final funding will be given through her bequest, McGuiness would never actually see a student benefit from that scholarship.
That was, until Chris Miller, ’15, and his parents decided to make a gift to honor McGuiness and learned of her scholarship fund. They pledged to pay the $50,000 difference toward fully funding the scholarship so McGuiness could see Loyola students benefit from the scholarship during her lifetime.
“My family wanted to do something to give back,” said Miller, who grew up in Baltimore and attended Friends School. “To put a scholarship in our name doesn’t really do the school justice. We wanted to make a gift to thank Dean McGuiness.”
Miller first met McGuiness as a transfer student from Bowdoin College. When Miller decided to major in philosophy and English, McGuiness supported his decision. She served as a mentor to him throughout his time at Loyola, checking in with him from time to time and celebrating his academic success.
During his final year at Loyola, Miller was involved in a terrible car accident over spring break. As he was recovering and worrying about graduating on time, he turned to McGuiness. And she came through.
“I probably have 150 pages to write, and I’m recovering from concussions,” Miller recalled. “It’s critical to have people like Dean McGuiness on your side. She was the quarterback calling the plays.”
McGuiness contacted Miller’s professors to arrange for manageable deadlines that would keep the senior on track to graduate on time.
“He’s a really strong student, and he did the work,” she said. “I was so proud of him. He spent all summer writing papers. He just burrowed in for weeks.”
Today Miller works in sports broadcasting for CBS Radio and lives in Baltimore’s Charles Village neighborhood, not far from Loyola’s Evergreen campus. He teams up with another broadcaster for “On the Corner,” a weekly show that delves into the latest sports topics.
When Miller and his parents, Doug and Sheri, decided to make a gift to Loyola, they knew they wanted to honor McGuiness—who had been so supportive and influential.
So one day in the not-too-distant future, McGuiness, who is now vice president of academic affairs at Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, New York, will have the chance to see a Loyola student—perhaps like Miller himself—benefit from the scholarship bearing her name and her husband’s.
Learn more about ways the community is supporting the University through the Bright Minds, Bold Hearts campaign.
Loyola University Maryland received a $2 million planned gift from Mary Hyman, former coordinator of science education programs and the Institute for Child Care Education with Loyola University Maryland’s School of Education, to create endowed scholarships in education and the sciences for undergraduate and graduate students.
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The gift is funded by The Hyman Foundation named for Hyman’s husband Sigmund, who died in 2002. Four scholarships will be established with assets bequeathed to Loyola from The Sigmund M. Hyman Foundation upon Mary Hyman’s death. This is the largest bequest from an employee in Loyola’s history.
“Loyola has been an important part of my life for 26 years, and it has been a joy to interact with so many dedicated people at the University. I don’t think I could have worked for a better place,” Hyman said. “It is also heartwarming to hear alumni and others speak highly of Loyola out in the larger community. The striving for academic excellence and the concern for individuals is apparent in many facets of Loyola’s achievements.”
Paula and Thomas Scheye
Loyola University Maryland received a $500,000 planned gift from Paula and Thomas Scheye, Ph.D. This, added to their current gift, will create an endowed chair position in the University’s English department.
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Dr. Scheye and Mrs. Scheye, M.A. ’90, have long been supporters of Loyola through service and philanthropy. Dr. Scheye served in faculty and administrative roles at Loyola for nearly 50 years. He arrived in 1970 as an associate professor of English and was appointed academic vice president of Loyola in 1978 and provost in 1986, a dual role he occupied until 1999. His leadership and numerous accomplishments during those two decades were instrumental in transforming Loyola into a regional residential university of distinction and the nationally competitive institution it is today. Dr. Scheye was acting president of Loyola for 18 months in 1993-94 following the death of Rev. Joseph A. Sellinger, S.J. He was the first lay acting president in Loyola’s history.
“This really is a token of faith in the English department and humanities at Loyola,” said Dr. Scheye. “The humanities have been the essence of Jesuit education since St. Ignatius Loyola attended the University of Paris. For Loyola University Maryland, our curriculum of the future—our curriculum of the 21st century—needs to be based on technology, business, and the humanities. Technology is the tool we use to organize and analyze information, business is a forum in which we can use information, and the humanities are crucial to help us understand, interpret, and explain information in such a way that it could lead to wisdom.”
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