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Woodbury, Connecticut

Mary Ellen Callahan Memorial Scholarship

Established Nov. 13, 2004

By The Callahan Family

Mary Ellen Callahan was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio by parents who emigrated from Ontario, Canada. Her early education was in catholic schools where she was accelerated in grade level twice, based on test results. She enrolled in Fenn College, the nucleus of Cleveland State University, at age 16.

Fenn College featured a Cooperative Education Program wherein Mary Ellen majored in Psychology and had a full year of relevant work experience upon her graduation. She then enrolled at Michigan State University where she earned a Masters Degree in Counseling and Psychology while serving as a Resident Advisor in a residence hall.

Mary Ellen was best known for her work as a Guidance Counselor at the Newtown CT Middle School for over 20 years. She participated in many programs and workshops held on weekends and during the summer to bring the best counseling concepts to the NMS. She was described by several of her Principals at “the first car into the lot in the morning and the last to leave in the evening”. She loved counseling and spent many evenings on the telephone with parents, guardians and social workers to assist her students in every way possible. She impacted the future of hundreds of students over the years.

Mary Ellen was a watercolor artist who enjoyed gardening antiques and travel to visit her grandchildren in Ohio and California as well as many relatives in Canada. She was married to Richard Callahan, an FBI Agent, for 36 years until her death at age 61 in 2003. She was the proud mother of Michael Callahan, now the General Counsel at Yahoo, Inc. in California; and Patrick, now General Manager of Recreational Products at Progressive Insurance Headquarters near Cleveland, Ohio. Both sons are products of the Woodbury School System. Mike went on the Georgetown University and UCONN Law School while Pat earned a Mechanical Engineering Degree at Lafayette College followed by an MBA at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University.

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