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P.E.O. International Peace Scholarships Fund

The International Peace Scholarship Fund is a program which provides grants-in-aid for selected women from other countries for graduate study in the United States and Canada. An international scholarship program was initiated by P.E.O. in 1949. The P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship Fund was established in 1959. Believing that education is fundamental to world peace and understanding, members of P.E.O. support this program through voluntary contributions. The International Peace Scholarship Fund is administered by a board of three trustees, who are members of P.E.O., with assistance of personnel at the P.E.O. Executive Office.


An applicant must be qualified for admission to full-time graduate study, a limited number of undergraduate scholarships are available to students admitted to Cottey Junior College, Nevada, Missouri, which is owned and operated by P.E.O.), working toward a graduate degree in the college or university of her choice in the United States or Canada. Eligibility must be established before application material is sent to applicants. The eligibility material may be requested at any time, but the completed material will be accepted back in the International Peace Scholarship Office, P.E.O. Executive Office, only after 15 August, and before the deadline of 15 December. The deadline for returning application and all related material, except applicant's notice of admission, is 31 January.

A copy of the applicant's notice of admission, specifying the graduate degree program, must be received by the International Peace Scholarship Fund, P.E.O. Executive Office, by April 1 annually.

Amount of Grant

The maximum grant awarded to a student is $5,000. Lesser amounts may be awarded according to individual needs.


P.E.O. Internationl Peace Scholarship awards are given as grants-in-aid. They are not intended to cover all academic or personal expenses. At the time of application, the applicant is required to confirm additional financial resources adequate to meet her estimated expenses. Examples of additional resources are personal and family funds, tuition waivers, work scholarships, teaching assistantships, study grants and other scholarship grants.


A student holding citizenship in the United States or Canada is ineligible.

Grants are not given for research, internships, nor for practical training.

Doctoral students who have completed course work and are working on dissertations only are not eligible as first-time applicants.

In order to qualify for her first grant, an applicant must have a full year of classwork remaining and be enrolled and on campus for the entire school year.

A student who has received a grant for study at Cottey Junior College is ineligible for further assistance from IPS.

A student who has received an AAUW grant will be ineligible for an IPS grant during the same academic year. She will be eligible to apply for an IPS grant the following year.

Application procedures

Information concerning the International Peace Scholarship program is available from P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship Fund, P.E.O. Executive Office, 3700 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa 50312-2899. Application material will be sent only if satisfactory information establishing eligibility has been received from the applicant. Information concerning admission to Cottey College may be obtained by writing to the Coordinator of Admissions, Cottey College, Nevada, Missouri 64772.

Applications must include:

Promise to Return: An applicant must submit a witnessed statement that upon completion of her degree program, she will return immediately to her own country to pursue her professional career. This statement must be signed by both applicant and witness. An applicant selected to receive a grant will be required to agree to repay any grant moneys received if she fails to return to her own country upon completion of her degree program.

Travel Expense: The applicant must have her round trip or return travel expense guaranteed at the time of application.

Sponsor: An applicant must have a sponsor who is a citizen of the United States or Canada, and who will act as her nonacademic adviser.

Announcement of Awards

Awards are announced in April. The amount of the grant will be divided into two payments to be distributed in August and November.
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Reporter Special No 7: Awards, Funds, Studentships, and Prizes - 12th November 1997
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