Scholarship recipients recognized

ESCANABA – At a recent Potluck Social Meeting of the International Chapter of the P.E.O. Sisterhood, Chapter EE Escanaba, members and guests welcomed and recognized the three recipients of the 2016-17 annual local scholarships. In the spirit of advancing education each received $500 for continuing their education at Bay College. Many deserving applications were received and the P.E.O. Local Scholarship Committee members had a difficult time deciding.

Samantha Sundling is a Big Bay de Noc High School 2014 graduate. She is seeking a career in the medical field as a nurse practitioner and then on to become a medical doctor.

Amy Martin is married and lives in Perronville with her husband and five sons. She is working toward her associate degree in business and advancing to a bachelor’s in business administration. Amy helped start The Backpack Program at Bark River-Harris School.

Stephanie Flynn lives in Menominee and plans to become a CPA and a cost accountant for a manufacturer. She is married and has two children.

All three of the recipients will be full time students this fall and have completed at least one year at Bay College.

P.E.O is an international philanthropic and educational organization where women celebrate the advancement of women; educate women through scholarships, grants, awards, loans and stewardship of Cottey College; and motivate each other to achieve their highest aspirations.

P.E.O. was founded on Jan. 21, 1869, by seven students at Iowa Wesleyan College in Mount Pleasant, Iowa. This circle of kindred spirits bonded by their enthusiasm for women’s opportunities eventually expanded to include women off campus, as well. Today, P.E.O. has grown from that tiny membership of seven to almost a quarter of a million members in chapters throughout the U.S. and Canada, with headquarters in Des Moines, Iowa.

With the P.E.O. Sisterhood International Chapters working together the following results have been achieved: Cottey College-Approximately 8,875 women from all 50 states, 4 provinces and from more than 85 countries have graduated since the first class in 1887. The College has been owned and supported by P.E.O. since 1927. In addition P.E.O. has given nearly $283 million in financial assistance to almost 99,000 recipients of the ELF, IPS, PCE, PSA and STAR projects. P.E.O. Educational Loan Fund loans are $172 million since 1907. P.E.O. International Peace Scholarships are $34.1 million since 1949. P.E.O. Program for Continuing Education grants are $49.5 million since 1973. P.E.O. Scholar Awards are $21.5 million since 1991. P.E.O. STAR Scholarships are $5.4 million since 2009.There is a total of 149 Chapters in the state of Michigan with two in Escanaba.

For more information on P.E.O. Chapters contact Chapter EE President, Jane Gundry, 786-8572 or Chapter Z President, Janet Lindstrom, 786-3852.