Philanthropic Educational Organization (P.E.O.) is a unique advocacy group for women that has roots dating back to the 1860′s. The sisterhood runs several projects designed to advance education among women, including its International Peace Scholarship, Program for Continuing Education, Doctoral Scholar Awards, and the P.E.O. STAR Scholarships for high school seniors. As if that were not enough, the organization actually runs its own school called Cottey College. The two-year school is an accredited liberal arts and science college that serves primarily as a transfer institution for women who wish to move into four-year programs.
The PEO Scholar award is a $15,000 scholarship given out annually to 85 exceptional women who meet the criteria. The candidate needs to be a citizen of the United States or Canada at the time of the nomination. She needs to be pursuing her doctoral degree at an accredited college or university and be within 2 years of completing her doctoral level degree. Finally, she should be enrolled full-time in her program.
An additional note, the more research, additional awards, publications or field work the candidate has, the more competitive.
In order to apply, please send a cover letter and CV to Kate Stuart (firstname.lastname@example.org) by midnight, Friday, September 16. Kate will then compile all documents to send to the PEO Scholarship committee for review. The scholarship is not decided or appointed by anyone affiliated with Vanderbilt University.