McDaniel College Awards Callas Scholarship to Hagerstown, Md., Resident

Sarah Tate of Hagerstown, Md., is a junior majoring in French with an elementary education minor at McDaniel

WESTMINSTER, MD (11/06/2012)(readMedia)-- McDaniel College awards Sarah Tate of Hagerstown, Md., the Margaret and Peter Callas '49 Scholarship.

Sarah Tate is a 2010 graduate of Williamsport High School, Williamsport, Md. She is currently 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.

This non-renewable 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, Md., who is minoring in elementary, secondary, or Pre-K-12 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 later earned a doctorate degree 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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McDaniel College, recognized nationally among "40 Colleges that Change Lives" and U.S. News top-tier liberal arts colleges, is a four-year private college of the liberal arts and sciences offering more than 70 undergraduate programs of study, including dual and student-designed majors, plus 20 highly regarded graduate programs. Its hallmark faculty-student collaborations in research, teaching and mentoring plus hundreds of leadership and service opportunities enrich a lively learning experience that is rooted in a personalized interdisciplinary and global curriculum. Innovative January courses take students to points all over the world while McDaniel's degree-granting European campus offers a unique opportunity for international study at the only American university in Budapest, Hungary. A diverse and close-knit community of 1,600 undergraduates and 1,560 part-time graduate students, McDaniel also boasts a spectacular 160-acre hilltop campus in Westminster, Md., an hour or less from Baltimore, D.C., the Chesapeake Bay, an Amtrak station and BWI international airport.