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PEO members attend luncheon

Started by a sisterhood of seven female Iowa college students in the late 1800s, P.E.O. -- short for Philanthropic Education Organization -- is dedicated to opening up educational opportunities for women.

Recently holding its annual Founder's Day Luncheon, the local PEO has a membership of 85 in two chapters: FG and DQ.

"The PEO Sisterhood is a non-profit organization with the goal of ringing increased opportunities for higher education to women, offering five different programs through which women are helped with their educational goals," local PEO member Sue Eidenschink.

Those five programs include:

¢ Educational Loan Fund, which provides low-interest loans to women who are within two years of completing a degree.

¢ International Peace Scholarship Fund offers scholarships for selected women from other countries for graduate study in the US and Canada.

¢ Program for Continuing Education, is a grant program for continuing education.

¢ Scholar Awards for women pursuing a graduate degree or are engaged in advanced study and research.

¢ The organization also maintains and awards scholarships to Cottey College, an accredited liberal arts college for women located in Nevada, Missouri.

For more information about local PEO opportunities, Eidenschink noted to contact any PEO member.