The prestigious P.E.O. STAR Scholarship, for the 2017-2018 academic year, was presented to Haylee Sheffield, a 2017 graduate of Exeter-Milligan High School. The scholarship was presented at the Exeter-Milligan Honor's Night by Carmen Sealock, the current president of P.E.O. Chapter AM.
Haylee is the daughter of Paul and Karla Sheffield and was recommended for this scholarship by Chapter AM of Fairmont. She has been accepted to, and will attend, Fort Hays State University with a major in Communication Sciences and Disorders.
The P.E.O. STAR Scholarship is a $2,500 scholarship based on excellence in leadership, extracurricular activities, community service, academics, and potential for future success. The program is open to young women who are citizens or legal permanent residents of the United States or Canada and who are graduating high school seniors at the time of application. A student must be recommended by a P.E.O. chapter.
The P.E.O. Sisterhood, founded January 21, 1869, at Iowa Wesleyan College, Mount Pleasant, Iowa, is an international philanthropic and educational organization which promotes increased educational opportunities for women. There are nearly 6,000 local chapters in the United States and Canada with almost 250,000 initiated members. The P.E.O. Sisterhood has provided nearly $283 million in financial assistance to almost 99,000 recipients. The P.E.O. Sisterhood also owns Cottey College, a fully accredited, private liberal arts and sciences college for women, with two-year and selected four-year programs, located in Nevada, Missouri.