P.E.O. sisterhood in Grand Chas great opportunities for women
PEO will be presenting Painting for Philanthropy at Beaver Village Condominiums from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 10. Artist Katrina Larson will be offering expert instructions on painting projects.
P.E.O. is a Philanthropic Educational Organization and one of the pioneer societies for women. It was founded in 1869, by seven students at Iowa Wesleyan College. P.E.O. has grown to almost a quarter of a million members across the United States and Canada. The Colorado State Chapter alone is made up of over 240 local chapters with over 11,000 members.
The P.E.O. Sisterhood is passionate about its mission: promoting educational opportunities for women. Each local chapter takes on the challenge of making a difference in women’s lives by raising funds to support the education of women through scholarships, grants, awards, loans, and stewardship of Cottey College,a two-year college owned and operated by P.E.O.
One of the educational opportunities through P.E.O. is the Program for Continuing Education. Established in 1973, this grant program provides financial assistance to women whose education has been interrupted and are resuming studies due to changing demands in their lives. They must demonstrate a need for financial assistance with their educational expenses to improve their marketable skills.
In addition to sponsoring local women for P.E.O. scholarships, P.E.O. Chapter IX, Winter Park and P.E.O. Chapter IE Grand Lake, established a local scholarship fund in the P.E.O. Foundation to award annual scholarships to Grand County women. In Grand County there are 100 members. In the 10 years of Chapter IX’s existence, P.E.O. has assisted 36 women with loans and grants.
P.E.O. awarded Tallie Gray of Grand Lake a $1,500 grant in January of 2009 to help her complete her Teaching Degree program for K-6 Grade at Metro State. Gray is now a teacher at the Indian Peaks Charter School.
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