The prestigious P.E.O. STAR Scholarship, for the 2017-18 academic year, was presented to Emily Peterson, a senior at New Providence High School. 

Emily is the daughter of Mark and Jamie Peterson of New Providence and was recommended for this scholarship by Chapter AS of Westfield, NJ.

Emily has been accepted and will attend Brigham Young University where she plans to study international relations beginning this fall.

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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.

For additional information on the P.E.O. STAR scholarship, please contact

P.E.O. Chapter AS Media Chair: Jenny Cline at  (908) 313-3395 or visit