PEO Women Awards & Scholarships

Please note: the P.E.O. is an organization separate from UNM and Graduate Studies. Their funding opportunities are listed for information purposes only. 

PEO awards & scholarships

The Philanthropic Educational Organization (PEO) Sisterhood supports female scholars with six philanthropies that include ownership of a women's college, Cottey College, and five projects that provide higher educational assistance:

Click on the name of the project for more information and specific requirements for application.

Program/ProjectSummaryCandidatesMaximum Award
Cottey CollegeAn independent, liberal arts & sciences college for women in Nevada, MO, owned & operated by the P.E.O. Sisterhood since 1927Admission based on academic performance, ACT/SAT scores, extracurricular activities, academic recommendations and potential for academic successVarious forms of funding available
Educational Loan Fund (ELF)

Low interest revolving loan fund

Must be within 2 years, but not less than 4 months, of completing course of study$12,000 (USD) for associate and bachelor degree programs, technical or professional training, and post-graduate certifications, $15,000 (USD) for master's degrees and $20,000 (USD) for doctoral level degrees

International Peace Scholarship (IPS)

Need-based scholarshipCitizen of country other than US or Canada, graduate students or students attending Cottey College$10,000 (USD)
Program for Continuing Education (PCE)Need-based scholarshipMust have had at least a 24-month break in education and be within 24 months of completing program$3,000 (USD)
Scholar Awards (PSA)Merit-based awardMust be within 2 years of completing a doctoral level degree$15,000 (USD)
STARMerit-based scholarshipFor high school seniors enrolling in a postsecondary institution upon graduation

$2,500 (USD)

All grants, scholarships and loans, with the exception of the International Peace Scholarship (IPS), require applicants be sponsored by a local chapter of the P.E.O. Sisterhood.

Individual donors may make tax-deductible gifts to the above mentioned projects or through the P.E.O. Foundation.

Find out more about giving opportunities.