Our Sisterhood proudly makes a difference in women's lives with six philanthropies that include ownership of an all-women's college, Cottey College, and five projects that provide higher educational assistance:

Program/Project Summary Candidates Maximum Award
Cottey College An independent, liberal arts & sciences college for women in Nevada, MO, owned & operated by the P.E.O. Sisterhood since 1927 Admission based on academic performance, ACT/SAT scores, extracurricular activities, academic recommendations and potential for academic success Various forms of funding available
Educational Loan Fund (ELF) Low interest revolving loan fund Submits application within six to twenty-four months prior to stated graduation or course completion date
  • $12,000 for a non-degree accredited program, an associate or bachelor's degree
  • $15,000 for a master's degree
  • $20,000 for a doctoral degree
International Peace Scholarship (IPS) Need-based scholarship Citizen of country other than US or Canada, graduate students or students attending Cottey College $12,500 (USD)
Program for Continuing Education (PCE) Need-based scholarship Must have had at least a 24-month break in education and be within 18 months of completing program, effective July 1, 2020 $3,000 (USD)
Scholar Awards (PSA) Merit-based award Must be within 2 years of completing a doctoral level degree $20,000 (USD)** Effective with 2021 Scholars
STAR Merit-based scholarship For high school seniors enrolling in a postsecondary institution upon graduation $2,500 (USD)

Click on the name of the project for more information and specific requirements for application.

All grants, scholarships and loans, with the exception of the International Peace Scholarship (IPS), require applicants be sponsored by a local chapter of the P.E.O. Sisterhood.

Individual donors may make tax-deductible gifts to the above mentioned projects or through the P.E.O. Foundation. Find out more about giving opportunities.

Projects Fact Chart and Documents