Charles E. Callahan Educational Scholarship Program

Cathy Callahan and Charles Callahan III established the Charles E. Callahan Educational Scholarship Program to honor their father, Charles E. Callahan for his dedication to the North Thurston School District.  In 1950, Mr. Callahan became principal of South Bay Elementary School and in 1953 he became the first superintendent of the North Thurston School District. He served as superintendent of the district until retiring in 1970. A $2,500 Charles E. Callahan Educational Scholarship will be awarded to a graduating student in the district at large who intends to pursue a career in education.


  1. The applicant shall be a graduate from a high school in North Thurston Public Schools.
  2. The applicant shall have demonstrated skills necessary to succeed in the chosen post-secondary school.
  3. The applicant shall have demonstrated good citizenship and leadership qualities.
  4. The applicant intends to pursue a career in education.

To be considered for the Charles E. Callahan Educational Scholarship, an applicant must:

  1. Submit two (2) letters of recommendation: One from a teacher or counselor that documents scholarship, leadership and citizenship qualities and potential for success in post-high school education; and one from a member of the community who is not a relative of the applicant or employed in the applicant’s school describing the applicant’s leadership and community service in non-school related activity or activities in the community.
  2. Submit a short essay responding to a prescribed topic.
  3. Submit an official transcript.
  4. Submit a completed application form and all required documents as one unit. If an on-line application is completed, this information should be noted in the packet. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

Due Date
Completed applications are to be submitted to the high school counseling or career centers or mailed to NTEF on or before the due date posted annually on

The NTEF Board of Trustees Scholarship Selection Committee reviews all applications and selects recipients. The selection process must comply with the nondiscrimination provision of the Bylaws, Article 11, Section 10.

Application Forms
Application forms may be obtained from the high school counselor’s office or by clicking on the button below.