About P.E.O

Chapter ED - Ohio

Chapter ED in Central Ohio is celebrating its 40th Year in 2017!  Over 30 dynamic sisters from all walks meet monthly to share a program, learn more about P.E.O. Projects and enjoy the P.E.O Sisterhood.

About P.E.O International

 P.E.O. was founded on January 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 nearly a quarter of a million  members in chapters throughout the U.S. and Canada, with headquarters in  Des Moines, Iowa. Friendship is the cornerstone of P.E.O. – it is the legacy left by  our Founders and it thrives in our unique Sisterhood. P.E.O. exists to  be a source of encouragement and support for women to realize their  potential in whatever worthwhile endeavor they choose.

True to the mission of promoting educational opportunities for women,  education continues to be the primary philanthropy of the P.E.O.  Sisterhood. In fact, the P.E.O. Sisterhood proudly sponsors six  international philanthropies, or projects, designed to assist women with  their educational goals. As a result, P.E.O. is clearly making a difference in the lives of  women all over the world. Almost 99,000 women have benefited from our  organization's educational grants, loans, awards, special projects and  stewardship of Cottey College. To date, P.E.O. has awarded Educational Loan Fund dollars totaling more than $172 million, International Peace Scholarships are more than $34 million, Program for Continuing Education grants are more than $49 million, Scholar Awards are more than $21 million and P.E.O. STAR Scholarships are more than $5 million. In addition, 8,875 women have graduated from Cottey College. Grant, loan and award recipients – as well as Cottey  College students – need not be members of P.E.O. With the exception of  international students who receive International Peace Scholarships,  each recipient is sponsored by a P.E.O. chapter. This allows the chapter  members to be a meaningful part of "their" student's life.