EWC and Chapter M, PEO, set up endowed scholarship

Tuesday, January 12th, 2016 • 12:49 pm

Chapter M, PEO

Left to right: Holly Lara, Judy Kieler, Kaye Lively, Tami Afdahl, Eleanor Wilt

Chapter M, PEO in Torrington, WY is excited to announce the creation of an endowed scholarship with Eastern Wyoming College.  The endowment program at the College generates funding for student scholarships in perpetuity.   Those gifts are matched through an endowment program created by the Wyoming State Legislature.

PEO, an organization devoted to providing educational opportunities for women, saw this as a real opportunity.  Torrington Chapter M, partnered with Chapters AK and AU, also of Torrington, to host for the past three years, a gala luncheon titled “Hats off to Mothers.”  Dividing the proceeds, Chapter M decided to double the impact of their share by utilizing the state match to create an endowed scholarship at EWC.

At a recent donor dinner held at the College, members of Chapter M PEO had an opportunity to gather in recognition of the new scholarship.

PEO, a philanthropically educational organization, was founded in 1869, and has chapters in all 50 states and Canada.  It has six projects, all focused on helping women achieve their educational goals.  These range from the Star Scholarships for graduating seniors, to loan funds for women who need financial help, to grants for older women who want to better their contributions in the work-force, to international women who will take their new-found educational talents to further opportunities in their home countries, and merit based awards to those who wish to pursue a doctoral degree.  In addition, the international organization owns Cottey College, a four year liberal arts institution for women, located in Nevada, Missouri.

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