P.E.O. Program for Continuing Education

Grant Name:

P.E.O. Program for Continuing Education

Source of Support:

P.E.O Program

Award Amount:

Up to $2,000




P.E.O. Program for Continuing Education, established in 1973, is a grant program providing financial assistance to women whose education has been interrupted and who find it necessary to resume studies due to changing demands in their lives. They must have a need for financial assistance with their educational expenses to improve their marketable skills.


  • Must be sponsored by a P.E.O. Chapter
  • Must be a citizen of the United States or Canada
  • Must be studying in the United States or Canada
  • 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 goal
  • Is not enrolled in a doctoral degree program, i.e educational, law, medical or clinical


Chapter Sponsorship

  • When a local chapter identifies a prospective applicant, the local chairman of the Program for Continuing Education will arrange an interview to determine eligibility. If the chapter approves sponsorship, the local chairman oversees the completion of the following:
    1. Application Form from the applicant
    2. Income and Expense Statement completed by the applicant, clearly indicating her financial situation
    3. Chapter Recommendation Form and letter from the sponsoring chapter giving insights into the applicant's life situation, goals, needs and financial resources.
  • Completed materials are to be sent in one mailing to the P.E.O. Executive Office. Applications will be considered no more than four months prior to date of need on the application form. All forms must be received eight weeks prior to the beginning of the term for which the grant is requested



  • Money is intended as a grant-in aid for expenses such as tuition, books, transportation, or childcare, necessary to reach the applicant's educational goal. the grant is not to be used for living expenses or to repay educational loans.
  • May be awarded for academic or technical courses
  • This is a one time grant
  • When a grant is approved, the check is mailed to the sponsoring chapter to be presented personally to the recipient.



Carolyn Anderson


Contact Information

Office of Student Financial Assistance
Student Services Center (SSC), Room 2220, (630) 942-2251
Fax: (630) 942-2151


Monday to Thursday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.