Sarah Ellen Mercer, a senior at Morgan County High School, was selected by the P.E.O. Sisterhood to be an award recipient for the 2021-2022 academic year. She will receive a $1,000 Georgia P.E.O.State Scholarship.
Mercer was recommended for this award by P.E.O. Chapter AD, of Athens Georgia for being an exceptional student, excelling in sports and in her passion of serving in her community.
Mercer was honored during a recent P.E.O.Chapter Social that was held earlier this month at Scoops in downtown Madison. She plans to attend The University of Georgia in Athens. She will be starting college this fall with the credits of a sophomore due to dual enrollment in high school. She intends to focus in the Communication Sciences and Disorders (speech pathology). Scholarship applicants can be either graduating high school seniors or already enrolled in a college degree program with at least one more year of study.
The P.E.O. Georgia Scholarship is only one of the projects that the organization supports that provide financial assistance for women who exhibit excellence in leadership, academics, extracurricular activities, community service and potential for future success. P.E.O. Stands for Philanthropic Education Organization.
The P.E.O. Organization was started by seven college friends in 1869 in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, and now has over 6,000 chapters in the United States and Canada. These members have collectively provided over 116,000 women with $345 million in grants, scholarships, awards and low interest loans.
P.E.O. even owns and supports an all girls college, Cottey College in Nevada, Missouri.