Sarah Tate of McDaniel College receives Margaret and Peter Callas Scholarship

November 11, 2012

WESTMINSTER, Md. — McDaniel College awarded Sarah Tate of Hagerstown the Margaret and Peter Callas ‘49 Scholarship.

Sarah Tate is a 2010 graduate of Williamsport High School.

She is a junior at McDaniel majoring in French with an elementary education minor and hopes to teach in a French-speaking country upon graduation before becoming an elementary school teacher.

The nonrenewable scholarship was established in 2008 through a gift from Margaret and Peter Callas. It is awarded annually to a graduate of a high school in Washington County who is minoring in elementary, secondary, or prekindergarten-to 12th-grade-education.

The selection of a recipient for this endowed fund is based on the recipient’s academic merit.

A former Maryland delegate from Washington County, Peter Callas was an alumni visitor to the college’s trustee board from 1985 to 1988. He received a bachelor’s degree in history in 1949 and a master’s degree in education from the college in 1955. He earned a doctorate from George Washington University in 1972.

As a college student, Callas aspired to be an educator and went on to become a successful teacher, administrator, college professor and president of the Washington County Board of Education. He credits the educational foundation laid at Western Maryland (now McDaniel) College with making his election to the Maryland House of Delegates possible.

“My attendance at WMC made me what I am today,” he said in an interview with McDaniel’s alumni magazine, The Hill. “The program is of high quality and has a proven record of producing not only outstanding educators, but also many effective politicians.”

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