The P.E.O Program for Continuing Education

The P.E.O. Program for Continuing Education, established in 1973, is a need based grant program providing one-time financial assistance to women whose education has been interrupted and who find it necessary to return to school to complete a degree or certification that improves their marketable skills for employment to support themselves and/or their families.


A woman is eligible for recommendation by a local chapter if she:

is a citizen or legal permanent resident of the United States or Canada;
is enrolled in a certification or degree program;
is living and studying in the United States or Canada for the entire course of study;
has had at least 24 consecutive months as a non-student sometime in her adult life;
is within 24 consecutive months of completing her educational program which, at the conclusion of, will lead to employment or job advancement. will complete her program of education within 24 months after the beginning date of the term for which the grant is requested;
A woman is not eligible for grant consideration if she:

is requesting the grant for use in prerequisite courses needed to secure admission into another program of study;
is choosing immediate continuation of her education beyond the current program for which the grant is requested;
is enrolled in a doctoral degree program.
A chapter recommendation must be submitted no less than 10 weeks prior to the start date of the term for which the grant is requested, however, it cannot be accepted more than four months in advance of that date.

Chapter Recommendation

When a chapter identifies a prospective applicant, the chapter’s PCE chairman will arrange an interview to assess eligibility. If the chapter votes to recommend and sponsor the applicant, the chairman oversees the online application process which starts with the Chapter Recommendation Form and Letter. The CRF&L is posted on the PCE page of the member only portion of the P.E.O. International website.

After the CRF&L has been reviewed by the project supervisor, the applicant will be sent emailed instructions for setting up her online account along with a deadline for completion of her portion of the application. The PCE Application and Income and Expense Statement must be submitted online no later than 30 calendar days after the applicant has this email and the chapter contact will also be advised of the deadline.


The Board of Trustees of the P.E.O Program for Continuing Education will evaluate applications on a nondiscriminatory basis without consideration of race, national origin, religious affiliation, disability or P.E.O. connection with the primary consideration being the applicant’s demonstrated overall need for assistance.

When a grant is approved, the check is mailed to the PCE contact listed on the chapter recommendation form to be presented personally to the recipient.

Endowed and Named Scholars

Endowed PCE Scholarships may be established in honor or memory of an individual or chapter. The funds are held in the P.E.O. Foundation.

A one-time gift of USD $3,000 may be designated as a Named Scholarship in honor or memory of an individual or chapter.


The maximum grant is $3,000.
Lesser amounts may be awarded based on funds available in the current year’s grant budget and applicants’ individual needs.
Grants will not be awarded for prerequisite courses or to those needing or choosing immediate continuation of their education beyond the current program for which the grant is requested.
A PCE grant is not to be used for living expenses or to repay educational loans or personal debt.
A PCE grant is a grant-in-aid for education related expenses such as:
- tuition
- books, supplies
- testing and graduation fees
- transportation (only for estimated cost of gas, parking, and local bus fare,
not for auto loan payments or maintenance)
- childcare (only while in class or studying)
- uniforms required by the educational program
- equipment/tools necessary for the course of study
Grants may be awarded for academic or technical courses including online programs offered by educational institutions in the United States or Canada.

To get an application please contact:
Kathy Nutt
Adjunct Professor, Languages & Literature
and PCE Chair, P.E.O. Chapter N, Virginia