Since it's inception, P.E.O. has taken an active role in promoting educational opportunities for women.
Our Sisterhood proudly makes a difference in women's lives with six international philanthropies that include ownership of an all-women's college, Cottey College, and five projects that provide educational assistance.
For more information about any of these projects, visit peointernational.org
Program for Continuing Education (PCE)
The Program for Continuing Education, established in 1973, is a needs based grant program providing one time financial assistance to women in the United States and Canada whose education has been interrupted and who find it necessary to return to school to complete a degree or certification that improves their marketable skill for employment to support themselves and/or their families.
Educational Loan Fund (ELF)
The Educational Loan Fund, established in 1907, makes loans available to qualified women who desire higher education and are in need of financial assistance. The loan is not a scholarship fund.
International Peace Scholarship Fund (IPS)
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 or Canada.
Members of P.E.O. believe that education is fundamental to world peace and understanding.
Scholar Awards (PSA)
The Scholar Awards program was established in 1991 to provide substantial merit-based awards to women in the United States and Canada who are pursuing a doctoral level degree at an accredited college or university.
Cottey College is a nationally ranked, fully accredited independent arts and sciences college for women in Nevada, Missouri. It has been owned/supported by P.E.O. since 1927 and offers baccalaureate and associate degrees in a variety of majors. Cottey College welcomes women from around the world.
The 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.