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P.E.O. is a Philanthropic Educational Organization where women celebrate the advancement of women; educate women through scholarships, grants, awards, loans and stewardship of Cottey College; and motivate each other to achieve their highest aspirations.
Seven students at Iowa Wesleyan College in Mount Pleasant, Iowa founded one of the original societies for women, P.E.O. on January 21, 1869. Originally, a small campus friendship society, P.E.O. soon grew to include women off campus.
P.E.O. has grown from the original membership of seven to almost a quarter of a million members in chapters in the United States and Canada. P.E.O. is headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa. In Texas we have over 240 chapters and more than 10,000 active members.
Texas P.E.O. History
In 1902 Mary Florence Cowell, former treasurer of Missouri State Chapter, brought P.E.O. to Texas with the organization of Chapter A in Whitesboro on September 4. Texas State Chapter was organized in Whitesboro in 1928 with Mary Florence Cowell elected as the first state president. She is known as the “Mother of P.E.O. in Texas.” A Texas Historical Marker honoring her can be seen at her home in Whitesboro.
P.E.O. Educational Loan Fund
Educational Loan Fund (ELF), established in 1907, makes loans available to qualified women who desire higher education and are in need of financial assistance. A student must be recommended by a local chapter of the P.E.O. Sisterhood and within two years of completing her course of study. The current maximum loan is $12,000 at 2% interest and due six years from the date of issue.
P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship
P.E.O. Program for Continuing Education
P.E.O. Scholar Awards
P.E.O. STAR Scholarship
P.E.O. STAR Scholarship offers individual awards of $2,500 to high school senior women pursuing post-secondary education at an accredited institution. Awards are based on academics, leadership, extra-curricular activities and community service.
Texas State Projects
Texas Cottey College Scholarship Funds
Texas Star Oaks Fund, Inc.
Texas Star Oaks Fund, Inc. (TSOFI) provides assistance for P.E.O.’s and/or U.S. citizens residing in the state of Texas who are in dire financial need. Grants up to $6,000 are awarded to help provide financial support for an improved quality of life, to help achieve economic self-sufficiency, or to provide emergency assistance.