Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for a P.E.O. Scholar Award, you must meet the following requirements:

  • be a citizen or legal permanent resident of the United States or Canada
  • have earned, at minimum, a bachelor's degree
  • be within two years of graduating from a doctoral program and have at least one full academic year of work remaining in August of the year you are awarded
  • be enrolled in full-time doctoral-level study at an accredited U.S. or Canadian post-secondary institution during the entire academic year of the award

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Application Information

Nominations of potential Scholars are accepted from P.E.O. chapters between August 20 and November 20 each year. Nominees then have 45 days after their nomination is approved to complete their application. Awards are announced in the spring of each year; Scholars receive their total installment of $15,000 in the following August.

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Selection Criteria

The following criteria are considered by the PSA Board of Trustees when selecting Scholars:

  • nominee's proposal
  • potential to make significant contributions in her field(s) of endeavor or to make a positive impact on society
  • recommendations from three university professors or professional mentors
  • evidence of scholarly activities (publications, presentations, patents, performances, etc.)
  • academic awards and honors (honor societies, scholarships, etc.)
  • academic record
  • career objectives
  • unique academic and global experiences
  • establishment in academic program