A scholarship fund for graduating female athletes has been established at Mount Hebron High School in memory of Judge C. James "Kit" Sfekas, a Howard County District Court judge who died in June at age 49.
The fund, initiated by the Columbia Soccer Association and the Howard County Bar Association, was established by Sfekas' wife, Lauren, and Debra Fieldhouse, a Mount Hebron parent and friend of the family.
Sfekas coached his daughters' soccer, lacrosse and basketball teams with the Howard County Youth Program and the Soccer Association of Columbia. He coached his wife's adult soccer league until a month before he died, Lauren Sfekas said.
He was to become junior varsity girls' soccer coach at Mount Hebron in August.
Sfekas served on the PTA boards of his children's schools and was president of his community association and swim club.
He was a founder and speaker for the "Not My Kid" program, a presentation on substance abuse and child-rearing skills given to parents on Back-to-School nights in county schools.
"The list goes on and on. You name it, he did it," Fieldhouse said.
Sfekas' father, James Stephen Sfekas, a Circuit Court judge in Baltimore County, died in 2001. The son "wore his father's robe at the swearing-in ceremony, when he was named to the District Court," Fieldhouse said.
The Sfekas family lives in the Mount Hebron community.
Allie, 17, attends Mount Hebron High School. Lindsay, 13, an eighth-grader at Patapsco Middle School, will attend Mount Hebron in the fall.
Contributors to the new scholarship fund include the Howard County Bar Association, the Soccer Association of Columbia, and friends and family members.
The Women's Bar Association will hold a golf tournament fund-raiser in June.
The amount of the scholarships has not been decided, but the fund's founders hope to create an annual award.
Information on how to apply can be found on the school's Web site (www.howard.k12.md. us/mth) under "Guidance" on the scholarship search page, and in the Mount Hebron High School guidance office.
Contributions may be sent to the Kit Sfekas Memorial Scholarship Fund Inc. (a nonprofit group), 2321 Mount Hebron Drive, Ellicott City 21042.