The P.E.O. Record September-October 2022 (public)

P.E.O.’ s

mission is to celebrate the advancement of women; educate women through scholarships, grants, awards, loans and stewardship of Cottey College; and motivate women to achieve their highest aspirations. The P.E.O. Sisterhood is a nonprofit organization that has helped more than 119,000 women* pursue educational goals by providing over $398 million* in educational assistance, making a difference in women’s lives through six philanthropies and a foundation:

“Thanks to P.E.O. for empowering women…

[it’s] made me stronger and braver! I appreciate all their support and how they help make an impact in so many other women! I have helped with the STAR Scholarship for so many years and these young women are changing the world at such a young age! It is amazing to see this and inspires me to do more— thank you, P.E.O.”

P.E.O. Educational Loan Fund (ELF) A loan fund established in 1907 to lend money to qualified women students to assist them in securing a higher education. Has loaned $235.9 million.*

P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship fund (IPS) A fund established in 1949 to provide scholarships for women from other countries for graduate study in the U.S. or Canada. Has provided $45.4 million in scholarships.* 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. Has given $67.6 million in grants.* P.E.O. Scholar Awards (PSA) Established in 1991 to provide substantial merit-based awards for women of the U.S. and Canada who are pursuing a doctoral-level degree at an accredited college or university. Has awarded $32.1 million in scholarships.* P.E.O. STAR Scholarship (STAR) 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. Has given $17.2 million in scholarships.* Cottey College A 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. The P.E.O. Foundation is a nonprofit corporation established in 1961 to encourage tax-deductible giving to the educational and charitable projects of the P.E.O. Sisterhood. It is a service to the Sisterhood.


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“[P.E.O.’s] support has been incredible. I appreciate the

encouraging words, uplifting messages and surprises in my inbox. I am so thankful for the support you have offered and the faith you have had in me to succeed in my program. Knowing there is a strong, successful and inspiring group of women pulling for me has been amazing…it has contributed to my ongoing success. My family and I are forever grateful.” —KARA SNAPP P.E.O. PROGRAM FOR CONTINUING EDUCATIONAL GRANT RECIPIENT

Individual donors may make tax-deductible gifts to the projects or through the P.E.O. Foundation. Visit . Look for the “Giving Opportunities” link on the home page.

*As of April 2022


THE P.E.O. RECORD | September–October 2022

Women helping women reach for the stars

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