P.E.O. Chapter VO of Madera grants scholarship to Chowchilla woman

For The Madera Tribune From left: PEO Sisterhood Scholarship Committee member Teresa Hall, scholarship recipient Kim Gray of Chowchilla, PEO Chapter VO president Cathy Wieland, and chapter recording secretary and scholarship committee member Terri Martinez.


Kim Gray of Chowchilla has been named the recipient of a P.E.O Sisterhood $1,800 scholarship grant.

P.E.O. has two Madera chapters, which with other chapters throughout the country help support Cottey College, an independent liberal arts and sciences college for women in Nevada, Missouri. The college has been owned and operated by the P.E.O. Sisterhood since 1927.

The cumulative amount of assistance to recipients is more than$280 million.

The grant award to Gray was made on Sept. 16, according to chapter president Cathy Wieland.

According to the organization’s web site, P.E.O. is one of the oldest women’s organizations in North America. What started as a bond of friendship among seven young women in 1869 has grown to almost 6,000 local chapters with more than 225,000 members in the United States and Canada. A legacy passed down through generations of women, P.E.O. has deep roots in local communities, and the organization’s influence reaches to all corners of the globe.

Wieland said the money Gray received will help her finish her last six classes to complete her bachelor's degree.

The money came from the P.E.O. Program for Continuing Education, said Wieland.