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Click on the images below to learn more about each project.

The P.E.O. Sisterhood maintains six educational projects:

P.E.O. Educational Loan Fund (ELF) is a revolving loan fund established in 1907 to lend money to worthy women students to assist them in securing a higher education. A 2% interest rate makes the ELF loan a better deal than most lending institutions.  The maximum loan amount is $12,000 for associate and bachelor degree programs, technical or professional training, and post-graduate certifications, $15,000 for master’s degrees and $20,000 for doctoral level degrees.


Cottey College is a fully accredited liberal arts college for women at Nevada, Missouri, owned and operated by the P.E.O. Sisterhood since 1927. Click here to access the Cottey College website in a separate window.  

P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship Fund (IPS) was established in 1949 to provide scholarships for international women students to pursue graduate study in the United States and Canada. The maximum amount awarded to students is $12,500. Members of P.E.O. believe that education is fundamental to world peace and understanding.



P.E.O. Program for Continuing Education (PCE) was established in 1973 to provide need based grants to women in the United States and Canada whose education has been interrupted and who find it necessary to return to school to support themselves and/or their families. A PCE grant is only for educational purposes; this includes tuition, books, childcare while in class or studying, and transportation to and from school. The maximum grant amount is $3,000.


P.E.O. Scholar Awards was established in 1991 to provide substantial awards to women of the United States and Canada who are pursuing advanced degrees or are engaged in advanced study and research at an accredited institution. The current maximum award is $20,000.


P.E.O. STAR Scholarship was established in 2009 to provide a $2,500 award to high school senior women who wish to pursue post-secondary education.


For more information regarding our projects go to

 P.E.O. International at




*Cottey is debt free


*Cottey is highly ranked:

   •   #2 Best Regional College (USN&WR)

   •   #2 Best Value School in the

              Midwest (USN)

   •  #2 Lowest Student Debt Load at

             Graduation (USN)

   •  #4 Largest Proportion of

             International Students (USN)

   •  #2 Best College in the Midwest

             (College Consensus) (CC)

   •  #2 Best College and University in

             Missouri (CC)

   •  #4 Best Women’s College in the

              Nation (CC)

   •  #13 Best Small College in the Nation


 *Over 90% of the faculty (50% men and

       women) hold PhDs or terminal

      academic degrees in their fields

   •  Students are not taught by Teaching

        Assistants (Adjuncts only in

         specialized areas)


*Individual 1-on-1 support available

   to every student at no cost

    •    Faculty advisors

    •    Writing Lab

    •    Career Counseling

    •    Mental Health Counseling

    •    Job Search and Placement



*”Mini-United Nations” in Student


    •   20 countries and 35 states in

            typical enrollment year

    •   Multicultural activities year round

New Jersey Projects


   New Jersey State Chapter also offers assistance via its own projects:

The New Jersey Cottey College Fund provides grants and a scholarship for young women attending and interested in attending Cottey College in Nevada, Missouri.

The NJ CARES Committee oversees two different funds:

  The NJ Special Assistance Fund: a need-based grant of up to $1,500 for P.E.O.s and non-P.E.O.'s.

  The NJ Home Fund: Need based grants to help with P.E.O. dues subsidies and some nursing home

                                     expenses (up to $500).

*Click here for a pamphlet which describes the above New Jersey projects.

   Some New Jersey LOCAL Chapters also offer scholarships/grants:

The Alie Reichling Memorial Scholarship was established by New Jersey P.E.O. Chapter AN, Cherry Hill in 2014 to provide assistance to students who are or will be continuing their education in college or graduate school.  The scholarship is in memory of Alie who was a giving, nourishing, and supportive young lady who devoted much of her energy to volunteer work and to the development of programs to help others. This scholarship is awarded to like minded individuals who show volunteer activities reflecting actively caring for individuals. Any field of study or school may be considered with emphasis on psychology and/or social work. The maximum scholarship awarded is $2500.

Contact point:  Jo Ann Reichling at

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