P.E.O. Philanthropies, or Projects

The P.E.O. Sisterhood maintains six educational projects:

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Read the total dollars given and number of student recipients of the six International P.E.O. projects.

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P.E.O. Projects Fact Chart

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P.E.O. Educational Loan Fund

Educational Loan Fund (ELF), established in 1907, makes loans available to qualified women who desire higher education and are in need of financial assistance. An applicant must be recommended by a local chapter of the P.E.O. Sisterhood and be within two years of completing her course of study. The current maximum loan is$12,000 for all programs of study except for doctorate degrees. The maximum loan for doctorate degrees is $20,000. The interest rate on all loans is 3% and the loan must be repaid six years from the date of issue. Following the graduation date originally stated on the application, interest will begin accruing and will be billed on an annual basis. Interest accruals and payments will not be deferred if the student continues with further study.

ELF Policies and Procedures

P.E.O. Educational Loan Fund Information Card  


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Check out the ELF recipient's presentation and interview videos from the 2013 Convention in Dallas! (Please click on the links below to view videos.)

ELF 2013 Recipient Presentation

ELF 2013 Recipient Interview

P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship

P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship (IPS) Fund was established in 1949 to provide scholarships for international women students to pursue graduate study in the United States and Canada.

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 IPS Fund Policies and Procedures

IPS 2014-2015 Calendar

IPS Eligibility Information

IPS Online Eligibility Form

P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship Fund Information Card

For information about renewing your IPS scholarship, please contact
Carolyn Larson at ips@peodsm.org or 515-255-3153.

Cottey College–Students interested in pursuing a degree at Cottey College, please visit http://www.cottey.edu/future-students/admission-to-cottey.

Check out the IPS recipient's presentation and interview videos from the 2013 Convention in Dallas! (Please click on the links below to download videos.)

IPS 2013 Recipient Presentation

IPS 2013 Recipient Interview


P.E.O. Program for Continuing Education

P.E.O. Program for Continuing Education (PCE) was established in 1973 to provide need based grants to women in the United States and Canada whose education has been interrupted and who find it necessary to return to school to support themselves and/or their families. The maximum one time grant is $3,000 though lesser amounts may be awarded according to available funds and financial need. The grant may not be used for living expenses or to repay loans of any kind.  It also may not be used to pay past educational expenses, including those previously paid with borrowed monies, credit card or student loans. While grants may be used for academic, technical or online courses offered by educational institutions in the United States or Canada, they are not intended to cover the cost of prerequisite courses necessary to secure admission into the final program of study. Furthermore, a PCE grant is not approved for use by those intending immediate continuation of their education beyond the program for which the grant is requested: e.g. associates to bachelors or bachelor to masters.

 A woman is eligible to apply if she:

  • Is sponsored by a P.E.O. chapter;
  • Is a citizen of the United States or Canada;
  • Is studying and living in the United States or Canada for the entire course of study;
  • Has had at least 24 consecutive months as a nonstudent sometime in her adult life while being within 24 months of completing the final planned educational program that will lead to employment or job advancement in her chosen field.  
  • Is not enrolled in a doctoral degree program.

Membership in P.E.O. is not a requirement for grant award consideration. Access to the online application can only be provided by a sponsoring P.E.O. chapter; however, in order to protect the privacy of our members, chapter membership information is not provided to interested candidates who are seeking chapter sponsorship.   

The time frame for submission of completed applications is as follows: Recommendations will not be considered more than four months before the beginning of a term but must be completed and submitted at least 10 weeks prior to the term for which the grant is to be considered.   

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P.E.O. Program for Continuing Education Information Card

PCE Policy Guidelines and Procedures 

Check out the PCE recipient's presentation and interview videos from the 2013 Convention in Dallas! (Please click on the links below to download videos.)

PCE 2013 Recipient Presentation

PCE 2013 Recipient Interview


P.E.O. Scholar Awards

P.E.O. Scholar Awards (PSA) was established in 1991 to provide substantial merit-based awards for women of the United States and Canada who are pursuing a doctoral level degree at an accredited college or university.

PSA Policies and Procedures

P.E.O. Scholar Awards Information Card

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Check out the PSA recipient's presentation and interview videos from the 2013 Convention in Dallas! (Please click on the links below to download videos.)

PSA 2013 Recipient Presentation

PSA 2013 Recipient Interview


P.E.O. STAR Scholarship

Established in 2009, the STAR Scholarship provides a $2,500 award to high school senior women who wish to pursue post-secondary education.

STAR Policies and Procedures

P.E.O. STAR Scholarship Information Card

FAQs for Students

Student Information Requested on the Online Application

The dates for chapters to make online recommendations are September 1 through November 1. The recommended applicant will have 30 days to complete the online application after receiving an emailed link.

Applicant Eligibility Criteria:

  • Exhibits excellence in leadership, extracurricular activities, community service, academics and potential for future success.
  • 20 years of age or under at the end of the calendar year
  • In the final academic year (senior year) of secondary education at time
    of application deadline
  • Minimum unweighted GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Citizen or legal permanent resident of the United States or Canada
  • Plans to attend an accredited post-secondary educational institution in the
    United States or Canada full-time or part-time in the fall of the academic year
    after graduation
  • Recommended by a P.E.O. chapter

Check out the STAR recipient's presentation and interview videos from the 2013 Convention in Dallas! (Please click on the links below to download videos.)

STAR 2013 Recipient Presentation

STAR 2013 Recipient Interview

 

P.E.O. Executive Office
3700 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa 50312-2899
Phone: 515-255-3153
 

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Cottey College

Cottey College is a fully accredited liberal arts college for women at Nevada, Missouri, owned and operated by the P.E.O. Sisterhood since 1927.

Cottey College Policies and Procedures

Cottey College Information Card

View the Cottey College website

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Check out the Cottey recipient's presentation and interview videos from the 2013 Convention in Dallas! (Please click on the links below to download videos.)

Cottey 2013 Recipient Presentation 

Cottey 2013 Recipient Interview

 

Donations

Individual donors may make tax-deductible gifts to the above mentioned projects or through the P.E.O. Foundation. Donations can be made online or via check. Checks should be made payable to the project or the P.E.O. Foundation and sent to the International Executive Office or Cottey College (for Cottey donations only). All chapter donations should be in one check payable to the state/provincial/district (s/p/d) chapter and forwarded to the s/p/d chapter treasurer or paid assistant.

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