Fostering Global Peace Through Education
The P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship (IPS) Fund provides scholarships to international women pursuing graduate degrees in the U.S. and Canada to foster global peace through education. IPS recipients carry the spirit of P.E.O. back to their home countries where the degrees they have earned positively impact people’s lives around the globe.
Education is Fundamental to World Peace and Understanding
Since 1949, the P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship (IPS) Fund has been helping women from around the world pursue graduate study in the U.S. and Canada and since 1951, IPS has also assisted international Cottey College students pursuing degrees.
When IPS recipients return to their home countries, they positively impact their communities through their education.
IPS’s roots stem from the vision of one of P.E.O.’s founders, Franc Roads Elliott, when she introduced a resolution for international peace at the 1919 Convention of Supreme Chapter. Her vision for P.E.O. to join a movement to promote peace was realized when IPS was established as a project in 1949.
In April 2023, the IPS Board of Trustees awarded scholarships to 210 recipients from 65 different countries. Of the 2023-2024 recipients, 69 are from Africa, 38 from South America, 59 from Asia, 23 from Europe, 8 from the Middle East, 7 from North and Central America, 3 from Australia/Oceania and 3 from the West Indies.
Since 1949, the International Peace Scholarship has been awarded to women from 178 different countries. It truly has a global reach!
P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship Fund recipient Farnaz Naeemikia
"Receiving this scholarship means the world to me because, beyond financial support, it signifies the belief in my potential and the importance in investing in education.”
P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship Fund recipient Jesica Maria Ramirez Toscano
“I want to thank P.E.O. and all the members; this master’s degree has changed my life in so many ways. I feel beyond grateful to P.E.O. for supporting me throughout these years. Now, I feel I can do more things that I never thought I could do.”
P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship Fund recipient Kassandra Karpathakis
"Thank you for all the lovely messages, financial and positive support on my journey to a Master of Public Health at Harvard.”
Fund a Full Scholarship for Peace Through Education
With a Named Scholarship, you can a make a special gift to support the P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship (IPS) Fund. These scholarships can be named in honor or memory of someone special.
A gift of at least $12,500 from an individual, a chapter or group of chapters or a state/provincial/district chapter may become a Named Scholarship upon request of the donor. The donation pays for the entire scholarship for an IPS recipient. The IPS Board of Trustees selects the recipient for the Named Scholarship from the list of students after scholarships have been awarded and accepted. A special effort is made by the board to select an outstanding student who is attending school in a state or province near the donor.
The IPS trustees award these prestigious scholarships to top IPS recipients to assist them in the completion of their graduate degrees with the expectation of returning to their home countries to Foster Global Peace Through Education.
IPS Policy Guidelines & Procedures
Read the IPS Policies, Prerequisites and Procedures that guide our decision-making when choosing qualified candidates for IPS scholarships.