The Gerhardy Family, teammates and friends in remembrance of Ellie who tragically passed away in an accident in 1997 set up the Ellie Gerhardy Memorial Scholarship.
In their words:
Ellie was an outstanding student at UC Davis, and a student-athlete with a penchant for aquatic sports. She was also a Peer Counselor in Athletics and an active member of College Life. Ellie had been elected co-captain of the women’s swim team for the 1997-98 season. Family and friends have described her as a "shining light" whose radiance and quiet mannerisms endeared her to those whose lives she touched.
The fund was established as a UC Davis women’s swimming scholarship in Ellie’s name to honor and preserve her memory. It is their hope that future recipients exemplify Ellie’s strong leadership role and beautiful character. Each year, the captains of the Aggie women’s swimming team will share a scholarship award in honor of Ellie Gerhardy.