Learn about P.E.O. Scholarships and Philanthropies

P.E.O. is a philanthropic organization where women 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.

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Schoalrships for Califorina Women

Scholarships are available to  California women residents.  They may attend schools throughout the United States and Canada, but must be a California resident.

The application period is September 1 through February 1.  Completed applications are due February 1 for the following fall.

The Scholarship Selection Committee - P.E.O. Foundation Scholarships

Are available to California women residents High School Seniors through Doctoral Students.

The Ethel O. Gardner Scholarship

Is available to California resident women who have completed two years of college.

The Ruth G. White Medical Scholarship

Is available to California resident women who are pursuing medical careers.

The Dorothy L. Weller Law Scholarship

Is available to California resident women who are pursuing careers in Law.

Cottey College Scholarship

Is available to California resident women who are attending Cottey College.

For more information visit: www.peocalifornia.org

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P.E.O. International Scholarships & Projects

The P.E.O. Educational Loan Fund (ELF) makes loans available to qualified women who desire a higher education and are in need of financial assistance. All applicants for the ELF Loan Fund must be recommended by a local chapter of the P.E.O. Sisterhood. The current rate of interest is 2 percent.

The International Peace Scholarship Fund, established in 1949, is a program which provides scholarships for selected women from other countries for graduate study in the United States and Canada. Members of P.E.O. believe that education is fundamental to world peace and understanding.

The P.E.O. Program for Continuing Education (PCE) is intended to provide one-time need based grants to women who are citizens or legal permanent residents of the United States or Canada for use in completing a degree or certification necessary for improving or gaining skills leading to employment.

The P.E.O. Scholar Awards (PSA) program 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.

The P.E.O. STAR Scholarship was established in 2009 to provide scholarships for exceptional high school senior women to attend an accredited postsecondary educational institution in the United States or Canada in the next academic year.

Cottey College is owned and supported by the P.E.O. Sisterhood since 1927.

For more information visit:  www.peointernational.org



Cottey College

Cottey College

 Cottey College is a fully accredited four-year independent liberal arts and sciences college for women in Nevada, Missouri, owned and supported by the P.E.O. Sisterhood since 1927.

 Cottey's relationship with the P.E.O. Sisterhood has helped maintain a rigorous and focused educational program and facilities that rival larger, well-known four-year liberal arts colleges and universities.

The faculty consists of 37 full-time highly qualified professors; more than 90 percent hold doctoral degrees or the terminal degrees in their fields. Cottey faculty members, individually and in collaboration with students, regularly publish and present in national venues. The student-to-advisor ratio is 8:1. 

Cottey was also recognized among 80 standout colleges, fewer than 5% of all colleges and universities evaluated across the country, that increased ten or more spots in a specific ranking, according to U.S. News & World Report. Cottey moved up from #22 among Best Colleges in the Midwest in 2017 to #7 in 2018.

For more information visit:    www.cottey.edu

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