Honoring a Life
“Arthur was brilliant, an avid reader, music lover, and sportsman who could talk to anyone, anywhere and could remember all kinds of obscure things,” recalls Ruth Elder, describing her late husband, a quality assurance analyst for the U.S. Department of Housing. “But he wasn’t a great student in high school—he was an average student—and while his parents were middle-income, he had to work to go to college.”
Those memories, and the fact that Arthur “was always helping someone else,” prompted Ruth to explore the possibility of establishing a scholarship in his memory. “I chose to work with BCF because they were doing great things in Baltimore,” she says. “Even though the loss was still fresh in my mind, they were very compassionate and helpful.”
Together, Ruth and BCF created the endowed Arthur W. Elder II Scholarship Fund, which made its first award in 2011 to Tylee Price, a student from Heritage High School. The scholarship gives priority to students from Heritage, which replaced Arthur’s alma mater, Lake Clifton High.
“Some high school students just don’t get it—but they’re right on the cusp,” Ruth says. “This could be the spark they need. You never know when that average student will get into college and just blossom.”
People open charitable funds at BCF funds for many different purposes. For the Elder family, the scholarship fund carries forward Arthur’s generous spirit. As Ruth says, “We’re just ordinary people who have been blessed with enough to help someone else.”
Ruth Elder uses her BCF fund to honor her husband and help students realize their dreams of higher education. Explore all the options and benefits of opening a fund at BCF.