Chapter I of the P.E.O. Sisterhood recently presented a $1,200 grant to Rachel Mulcaire, a nursing student from Cottonwood studying at Yavapai College.
The grant will assist Rachel in finishing her last school term.
Rachel's grant was from the P.E.O. Program for Continuing Education which provides financial assistance for women whose education has been interrupted and who subsequently resume their studies.
It is only one of the projects supported by P.E.O. Others include scholarships for doctoral studies, scholarships for rising high school women, loans, scholarships for international students studying here, and stewardship of Cottey College, a four year women's college in Nevada, Mo.
P.E.O. is a Philanthropic Educational Organization where women celebrate the advancement of women, educate women and motivate women to achieve their highest aspirations.
There are approximately 6,000 local P.E.O. chapters in the United States and Canada with nearly a quarter million active members.
Chapter I was the first chapter in the Verde Valley, organized in Jerome in 1931.
Since then four more chapters have been organized, one in Cottonwood and three in Sedona.