Jan Cahill Memorial Scholarship

Education was a central part of Jan Cahill’s life and career. Jan’s professional goal and philosophy were “to provide effective leadership in a challenging educational environment and make a positive contribution to the education of children.”

Jan graduated from MSU-Billings in 1979 with a Bachelor’s degree in history, political science, and earth science. In 1984 he received his Master’s degree in Curriculum/ Administration.

Jan spent over 35 years in various Montana schools as a teacher, principal, and superintendent. In 2010 – 2011 Jan served as President and Board Chairperson for the MTSBA. Jan was the longest-serving Director for the Montana School Board Association (MTSBA) in history. He served as Director of the MTSBA from 2005 until his passing. Jan’s experience and passion for education earned him the recognition and respect as a role model and leader in the community.

Jan’s passion for education all started with his interest in history and music. Jan believed history was essential to remember the struggles and challenges we overcame to be a better society. His interest in music was fostered in the home. His father was a professional pianist and bought Jan his first set of drums at an early age. Jan played music throughout his time in school and continued to play drums and sing in local bands for over 50 years. He was most proud of his bands, Bobby Dann and the Generation Gap, Touch of Country, and most recent Country Comfort. His interest in music and history also served as a great way to connect with individuals and to share special moments.

The Jan Cahill Memorial Scholarship was established to honor and celebrate the life and legacy of Jan Cahill made possible through the generous contributions of his loving family and friends.

Scholarship Requirements:
1. One $1,000 scholarship for graduates from GFH, CMR or PGEC
2. Applicant must have a minimum 2.5 GPA
3. Applicant must attend a college/university in Montana
4. Applicant must explain how music or other hobbies helped them thrive in academics
5. Applicant must explain how they have overcome challenges
6. Applicant must provide two letters of recommendation

Donate A One Time Or Ongoing Scholarship For High School Graduates

Setting up an educational scholarship fund can be a meaningful way to give back to your community or to honor a loved one. There are a number of things to consider when planning a scholarship. Please contact the Foundation for assistance, we are happy to help you. Contact Stephanie Schnider at stephanie_schnider@gfps.k12.mt.us or call 406-268-6021.