P.E.O. Projects and Philanthropies
The P.E.O. Sisterhood maintains six educational projects in the form of grants, scholarships and loans as well as the stewardship of Cottey College.
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:
Nationally ranked, fully accredited, independent, liberal arts and sciences college for women located in Nevada, Missouri, has been owned/supported by P.E.O. since 1927 and offers baccalaureate and associate degrees in a variety of majors. Cottey College, a debt-free institution, welcomes women from around the world.
||Admission based on academic performance, ACT/SAT scores, extracurricular activities, academic recommendations and potential for academic success||Various forms of funding available|
|P.E.O. Educational Loan Fund (ELF)||
A loan fund established in 1907 to lend money to qualifited women students to assist them in securing a higher education
|P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship Fund (IPS)||
A fund established in 1949 to provide scholarships for selected women from other countries for graduate study in the U.S. or Canada.
|P.E.O. Program for Continuing Education (PCE)||Established in 1973 to provide need-based grants to women in the U.S. and Canada whose education has been interrupted and who find it necessary to return to school to complete a degree or certification that will improve their marketable skills for employment to support themselves and/or their families.||
|P.E.O. Scholar Awards (PSA)||
Established in 1991 to provide substantial merit-based awards for women in the U.S. and Canada who are pursuing a doctoral-level degree at an accredited college or university.
|P.E.O. STAR Scholarship||Established in 2009 to provide scholarships for exceptional women in their final year of high school to attend an accredited postsecondary educational institution in the U.S. or Canada in the next academic year.||U.S. or Canadian citizen or legal permanent resident recommended by a local P.E.O. chapter||$2,500|
Click on the name of the project for more information and specific requirements for application. Please refer to the published policies for additional information on payment information.
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.