The P.E.O. Chapter DM of Litchfield Park awarded four P.E.O. Program for Continuing Education grants since the beginning of the pandemic to Cathy Roberts (Goodyear), Amanda Borchers (Goodyear), Jana Foley (Glendale) and Christie Creasy (Goodyear).

The women have returned to study after being in the workforce and/or out of college for a number of years. Roberts, Foley and Creasy are in nursing programs, while Borchers is studying law.

P.E.O. Program for Continuing Education was established in 1973 to provide need-based grants to women in North America. Their education must have been interrupted, but they find it necessary to return to school to support themselves and/or their families. The program has given $65.1 million in grants.

The P.E.O. Sisterhood was founded Jan. 21, 1869, at Iowa Wesleyan College, Mount Pleasant, Iowa. It is an international philanthropic and educational organization that promotes increased educational opportunities for women.  

There are nearly 6,000 local chapters in the United States and Canada with almost 250,000 initiated members. The P.E.O. Sisterhood has provided over $383 million in financial assistance to more than 113,000 recipients. The P.E.O. Sisterhood also owns Cottey College — a fully accredited, private liberal arts and sciences college for women, with two-year and selected four-year programs — in Nevada, Missouri.  

For additional information on the P.E.O. STAR Scholarship, visit