The P.E.O. Sisterhood, one of the pioneer societies for women, was founded on January 21, 1869, by seven students at Iowa Wesleyan College, Mount Pleasant, Iowa. P.E.O. has grown from that tiny membership of seven to almost 235,000 members in over 6,000 chapters in the United States and Canada. For almost more than a century and a half, it has become an International organization with broad philanthropic and cultural aims with an ever-increasing interest in furthering educational opportunities and support for women.
The P.E.O. Sisterhood is passionate about its mission: promoting educational opportunities for women. Our sisterhood proudly makes a difference in women's lives with six philanthropies that include ownership of a four-year women's college, Cottey College in Nevada Missouri, and five programs that provide higher educational assistance: P.E.O. Educational Loan Fund, P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship Fund, P.E.O. Program for Continuing Education, P.E.O. Scholar Awards and P.E.O. STAR Scholarship. For more information about the P.E.O. Projects, please visit www.peointernational.org.