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P.E.O. Philanthropies

Utah P.E.O. chapters support the philanthropies of both P.E.O. International and the Utah State Chapter.  P.E.O. International has five scholarship, grant or loan programs as well as stewardship of Cottey College. Click here to view or download the P.E.O. International philanthropies at-a-glance fact sheet. 

The following list of philanthropies are sponsored and supported by the P.E.O. Utah State Chapter. These philanthropies include eight state scholarship, grant or loan programs, including two for Utah women attending Cottey College. Click here to view or download the Utah P.E.O. philanthropies at-a-glance fact sheet. 

The Helen Abbott Fund, established in 1952, provides a one-time financial award to aid a member or nonmember in an financial emergency or to support their educational pursuit in a degree or certification program at a Utah post-secondary institution. The recipient must be a Utah resident and be recommended by a Utah P.E.O. chapter. The current maximum grant is $1,500. Applications may be received throughout the year. Contact: peoutah.abbott@gmail.com

The Susan W. Coda Memorial Scholarship Fund, established in 1988, provides a one-time merit-based scholarship to an exceptional Utah woman attending a college or university outside the state of Utah.  The recipient must be a Utah high school graduate and resident at time of application. The scholarship amount varies. Applications are distributed to Utah high schools annually in November and are due March 1. Contact: peoutah.coda@gmail.com

The Gump & Ayers Scholarship Fund, established in 1996, provides a one-time scholarship to a Utah woman who is a high-school graduate, and a single mother getting a higher education to provide tools for the financial security and support of herself and her family. The recipient must be a Utah resident and be recommended by a Utah P.E.O. chapter. The scholarship amount varies. Applications are distributed to Utah colleges and universities annually in November and are due February 1. Contact: peoutah.gumpayers@gmail.com

The Ruth S. Clayton Memorial Nursing Scholarship Fund, established in 2001, provides a scholarship to a woman who is a graduate of a Utah high school, who is accepted into a R.N. or R.N./B.S.N. program at a Utah educational institution and who has demonstrated financial need. The recipient must be recommended by a Utah P.E.O. chapter or member. The maximum scholarship amount is $4,000. Applications are distributed to Utah colleges and universities annually in November and application is due April 15. Contact: peoutah.clayton@gmail.com

The Carole Putnam Fund, established in 2001, provides a one-time scholarship to a woman who is seeking education not part of a degree program at a Utah educational facility.  The applicant must have a realistic educational goal and demonstrate financial need. The recipient must be a Utah resident and be recommended by a Utah P.E.O. chapter. The scholarship amount varies. Applications are accepted at anytime during the year. Contact: peoutah.putnam@gmail.com

The Ruth Orton Scholarship Fund, established in 2007 by Ruth Orton and Chapter F, provides a scholarship to a Utah Cottey College graduate who is seeking to continue her education. The scholarship amount varies, with a minimum amount of $2,500. Applications are due April 30. Contact: peoutah.orton@gmail.com

Cottey College Scholarships

The Utah Cottey Scholarship Fund, established in 1949, provides scholarships to Utah high school graduates attending Cottey College. The recipient must be a Utah resident. The scholarship amount varies. 

The Ruth H. Clark Cottey College Scholarship Fund, established in 1988, provides scholarships to Utah high school graduates attending Cottey College.  The recipient must be a Utah resident. The scholarship amount varies.

The Cottey Travel Fund, established in 2005 provides a one time scholarship to a prospective student of Cottey College for travel expenses to visit the Cottey College campus in Nevada, Missouri for the “C for Yourself Weekend” which is held in spring and fall.  The student must be within a year of graduation from high school.  The maximum amount of the award is $400.  Applications must be received at least three weeks before the date of the “C for Yourself” Weekend.

Contact: peoutah.cottey@gmail.com