For a fact chart of each P.E.O. International Philanthropy's eligibility, type of award, application forms and requirements, and timeframe, click HERE. ELF Torch LogoELF logo


    A revolving loan fund established in 1907 to lend money to women who are securing higher education. Maximum loan: $20,000 to be repaid over 10 years at 2.0% on the unpaid balance. We honor the effort and commitment demonstrated by past generations of P.E.O.s to ELF, our Sisterhood's first educational project. Click here to learn more.  

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    An independent, fully accredited, four-year liberal arts college for women in Nevada, Missouri, owned and supported by the P.E.O. Sisterhood since 1927. Cottey College educates women to be contributing members of a global society through a challenging curriculum and a dynamic campus experience. In a diverse and supportive environment, women develop their potential for personal and professional lives of intellectual engagement and thoughtful action as learners, leaders, and citizens. 97% of Cottey students receive need- or merit-based financial aid. Click here to learn more.    Register for your Cottey College events online!

2017-2018 D.C. Cottey College Scholarship Fund - Application

2017-2018 D.C. Cottey College Scholarship Fund - Application for returning students

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    Established in 1949 to provide scholarships for international women students to pursue graduate study in the United States and Canada, and for Cottey College international students. IPS has awarded scholarships to 7,404 women from 176 different countries, totaling almost $37 million. The new designated award amount is $500, and the maximum scholarship is now $10,000. Click here to learn more.

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    Established in 1973 to provide need-based grants to women in the United States and Canada whose education has been interrupted and who find it necessary to return to school to support themselves and/or their families. The maximum one-time grant is $3,000. Click here to learn more.

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    Established in 1991 to provide merit-based scholarships for women of the United States and Canada who are pursuing terminal degrees or are engaged in advanced study and research at an accredited institution. Currently, 90 scholars receive $15,000 each to pursue their education goals. Click here to learn more.

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STAR SCHOLARSHIP (Scholastic Talent Accomplishment Recognition)

    Providing recognition for high school women and establishing a more visible local philanthropic profile were wishes expressed in the 2007 Membership Survey. As a result, the sixth P.E.O. philanthropy was established in 2009.  With individual awards of $2,500, the STAR Scholarship will enable high school seniors to pursue post-secondary education at accredited institutions. Click here to learn more.


    D.C. Cottey College Scholarship Fund (DCCCSF) Established in 1976 to provide scholarships to women, with preference to those from the D.C. Metro area, to attend Cottey College. The income from this fund is available for an annual award. As with the philanthropies described above, D.C. chapters identify candidates and submit their names; the D.C. Cottey College Committee makes the selection each year. For information about the 2018 scholarship award please contact Ettastine Williams, Chair, at


2017-2018 D.C. Cottey College Scholarship Fund - Application

2017-2018 D.C. Cottey College Scholarship Fund - Application for returning students



era-iconEducational Recognition Award (ERA) Established in 1986 to provide a one-time scholarship to promising young women who are college-bound high school seniors. Applicants must be D.C. residents and attend a D.C. public high school or charter school.  Applications are reviewed, and the selection made, by the D.C. ERA Committee and the awards are presented at the D.C. convention each spring. For information about the 2017-2018 award please contact Patti Gaston, Chair, at

D.C. ERA Application Information - 2018 

D.C. ERA Application - 2018  


Louise S. Henderson and Catharine R. Parrett Scholarship

The P.E.O. Sisterhood is a philanthropic and educational organization interested in bringing women increased opportunities for higher education. The Louise S. Henderson Scholarship Fund was established in 1984 and the Catharine R. Parrett Endowment was added in 1999. This project of P.E.O. Chapter Y, Washington, D.C., awards a yearly scholarship to a deserving woman in the metropolitan area. The recipient must be:

  1. A woman.
  2. A citizen of the United States. (Consideration of an applicant will not be limited to age, race, religion, or creed.)
  3. A resident of the Washington Metropolitan Area (including, and limited to, the District of Columbia; the cities of Falls Church, Alexandria, and Fairfax, VA; Fairfax and Arlington counties in VA and Montgomery and Prince Georges counties in MD.)
  4. Must be a high school graduate or have equivalent educational training.

Priority will be given to women in the following categories:

  1. A homemaker with limited career skills that would like to pursue or complete studies in her desired field.
  2. A working woman seeking to advance her skills or earning power.
  3. A full-time upper classman or graduate student in need of financial assistance to complete her studies.
  4. Currently enrolled in a college, university, or certificate program.

The dollar amount of the scholarship may vary. The anticipated amount to be awarded this year (2016) is $1,000 (one thousand dollars). If you meet the above criteria and are interested in applying for the scholarship, please download and complete the attached four-page WORD fill-able application. 2016-2017 HP Scholarship Application   Adah Bagby / Anna Heiss Memorial Trust Established in 1987 by Chapter D to provide an annual scholarship, currently awarded to a Cottey College student. The Trust was created by memorials to the chapter by members Adah Bagby and Anna Heiss. Each year the chapter asks Cottey students to submit an essay on a specific topic, judges the essays, and selects the winner.