Scholarships and Grants


P.E.O. Educational Loan Fund (ELF)  is a revolving loan fund established in 1907 to lend money to worthy women students to assist them in securing a higher education.

ELF provides loans which allow students of all ages to reach their educational goals. The current maximum loan is $12,000 for a non-degree accredited program, an associate or bachelor’s degree; $15,000 for a master’s degree; and $20,000 for a doctoral degree at 2% interest. Donations to ELF allow the fund to grow and assist ever-increasing numbers of qualified women.


For more information about this loan, please see our International website.

To request additional information, please fill out this form.

P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship Fund (IPS) was established in 1949 to provide scholarships for international women students to pursue graduate study in the United States and Canada. IPS Applicants do not require a chapter recommendation and may apply directly for scholarships.

For more information about this loan, please see our International website.

To request additional information, please fill out this form.

P.E.O. Program for Continuing Education (PCE) was 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 amount is $3000 though lesser amounts may be awarded according to available funds and financial need.

For more information about this loan, please see our International website.

To request additional information, please fill out this form.

P.E.O. Scholar Awards (PSA)  was established in 1991 to provide substantial merit–based awards for women of the United States and Canada who are either pursuing a doctoral level degree or engaged in postgraduate study or research at an accredited college or university.

For more information about this loan, please see our International website.

To request additional information, please fill out this form.


P.E.O. STAR Scholarship was established in 2009 to provide non-renewable $2,500 scholarships to exceptional high school graduating women to attend accredited post secondary educational institutions in the United States and Canada in the next academic year.


A woman is eligible to be recommended for the P.E.O. STAR Scholarship provided she:

  • Exhibits excellence in leadership, extracurricular activities, community service,academics, and potential for future success
  • Is in the final academic year (senior year) of her secondary education and is20 years of age or under at the end of the calendar year
  • Has a minimum cumulative unweighted GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Is a citizen or legal permanent resident of the United States or Canada
  • Plans to attend an accredited post-secondary educational institution in the United States or Canada, full-time or part-time, in the fall of the academic year following high school graduation
  • Receives the vote of a local chapter

Please note: Each local chapter may only recommend one applicant per year.

For more information about this loan, please see our International website.

To request additional information, please fill out this form.

Cottey College  is an independent liberal arts and sciences women's college in Nevada, Missouri. For more than 128 years, the college has offered young women the opportunity to learn and grow into leaders, role models, and confident individuals.

Cottey's P.E.O. page

For more information please visit the International website and Cotty College website

Please visit Local B.C. Awards for information about additional financial assistance opportunities for B.C. students interested in Cottey College.




Financial Assistance for B.C. Students Attending Cottey College​

BC Travel Fund
B.C. Provincial Chapter Cottey College Travel Fund

The provincial chapter has created a fund to be known as the Cottey College Travel Fund. It grants, when possible, funds to cover the airfare or partial airfare to young women of British Columbia to attend “C” for Yourself for a customized Cottey visit. The fund shall be maintained by voluntary gifts from chapters, individuals, any group within the P.E.O. sisterhood, bequests and/or memorials and from accrued interest. Applicant must be a British Columbia resident for minimum of two years and be eligible for Cottey College. The fund is administered by the executive board.

Please apply by e-mailing the provincial executive board at [email protected]

BC Scholarship
British Columbia Cottey College Scholarship

  • A young woman who has been a resident of British Columbia for two years and who has been accepted for admission to Cottey College is eligible.
  • The amount of the scholarship is based on the availability of funds.
  • The funds go directly to Cottey College to be applied towards student’s tuition costs or any debts.
  • Requirements are acceptance for admission to Cottey College by the Office of Enrollment Management at Cottey College.
  • The B.C. provincial board receives applications, selects recipients and awards scholarships.
  • The application process should begin the summer prior to grade 12.
  • An eligible student may be sponsored by any B.C. P.E.O. chapter.

Please apply by e-mailing the provincial executive board at [email protected]

Canadian Grants

Cottey College has a new grant which makes the college more affordable for Canadian students. This grant offsets the difference between the Canadian and the U.S. dollar.

The College accepts the Canadian dollar for payment of tuition, fees, room, and board. After all scholarships* and aid are applied, the remaining balance due on the student’s account can be paid in Canadian dollars and the College will award a Canadian Cottey Grant that will equal the amount of the conversion difference on the date the funds are deposited. Students from Canada are also eligible for the automatic academic scholarships, in addition to this grant.

*Canadian students may also apply for Academic, Athletic and Fine Arts Scholarships through Cottey College.

Questions may be directed to the Cottey College Office of Financial Aid by emailing [email protected]

Financial Assistance for Vancouver Students Returning to Paused Education​

Vancouver returning students



This award has been established to provide financial assistance to women whose education has been interrupted and who wish to resume their post secondary studies.  The award is open to women attending a post-secondary institution, residing in Greater Vancouver and who can demonstrate the need for financial assistance to achieve their educational goals.  The amount of the award is USD $1,000.00  to assist with tuition, books, etc. 

Eligibility requirements:

  1. Demonstration of financial need
  2. Enrolled in a full time or part time program at a post-secondary institution and residing in Greater Vancouver
  3. Mature female student overcoming adversities in life, with preference given to a mature female student who is returning back to post secondary education.
  4. Complete a short essay outlining your educational / career goals and explaining your present circumstances that influenced your decision to postpone post secondary education.

Candidates please submit your application online by October 1.

About the scholarship

The Veronica Bailey Chapter AQ Scholarship was established in 2005 in memory of Veronica Bailey, who was a charter member of P.E.O. Chapter AQ in North Vancouver. The fund was created by Veronica Bailey's family along with Chapter AQ P.E.O. Sisterhood.

Veronica (Vi) Bailey was a charter member of Chapter AQ, a North Vancouver chapter of an International Philanthropic Education Organization that started in United States and has chapters throughout North America.  This organization is committed to furthering the educational goals of women and Veronica Bailey was involved in Chapter AQ from its inception in November 25, 1959 until her death in October 6, 2001.  Veronica was married for over 56 years to Thomas Bailey and was a loving wife and mother to four children.

After her death, her family along with the members of Chapter AQ, created this scholarship to honour her commitment to women with financial need who wanted to further their education.