If educators, public officials and local activists are successful, the memory of Baltimore County police Sgt. Scott A. McElfish will endure.
An effort to create a scholarship fund in McElfish's name begins tonight at an 8 o'clock bull roast at Mac's Place, 525 Eastern Blvd. in Essex.
"Scott was loved around here," said organizer Donald Crockett. "We thought this would be an appropriate gesture to keep his name alive as long as we can."
McElfish, 34, was a popular policeman who volunteered many hours as a volunteer football coach at Eastern Technical High School in Essex. McElfish played baseball and football in high school and college.
In December, McElfish died after suffering for a year from a rare form of cancer. He touched many with his fight against the disease while keeping his wife and three children strong to the end.
The scholarship fund will be for Eastern Tech students who want to attend one of the three campuses of the Community College of Baltimore County.
Robert Kemmery, principal at Eastern Tech, said McElfish was a role model for student-athletes at the school.
"Scotty touched 300, 400 students here at Eastern," said Kemmery. "He had great credibility in the eyes of the kids because they knew he was intelligent, cared and could flat-out play football and baseball. He was an encouraging force in this school and in the community."
Kemmery said Scott's brother, Shawn McElfish, also a county police officer, is coaching baseball. Shawn McElfish played in the minor leagues.
The scholarships will cover a two-year education at the Essex, Dundalk or Catonsville campus, Crockett said.