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

P.E.O. started with a group of seven young women over 150 years ago on the campus of Iowa Wesleyan College, Mount Pleasant, Iowa. Today, with an active membership of almost 240,000 women, P.E.O. offers the gift of friendship, love, service and philanthropy.

Arkansas History

P.E.O. arrived in Arkansas in 1892 with the organization of a chapter in Eureka Springs, and by 1933 there were 11 chapters in Arkansas and our state chapter was established. As of August 2023, there are 117 local chapters and 5,129 members in Arkansas.

Educational Opportunities for Women

Our sisterhood proudly offers educational opportunities through six philanthropies: stewardship of Cottey College, a women’s college in Nevada, Missouri, and five additional projects that provide educational assistance. To date, 105,000 women have received $321 million. For more information, visit the  official website of the P.E.O. Sisterhood.

Arkansas Scholarships

Arkansas State chapter offers two scholarships to qualified Arkansas women residents to attend Cottey College:
   -Bertha L Sanders Memorial Trust Fund
   -Arkansas Cottey Scholarship Fund

Interested in becoming a P.E.O.?

The best way to find out about P.E.O. is by talking to P.E.O. members. Ask around in your community to determine if anyone you know is a P.E.O. or if she knows someone who is a member.

P.E.O. members are proud of the organization and are committed to helping women pursue higher education. Speaking with a P.E.O. in your community will provide an opportunity to learn about their chapter and what P.E.O. means to them.

If you do not know a member of P.E.O., please contact us.