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P.E.O. is a philanthropic organization where women CELEBRATE the advancement of women; EDUCATE women through scholarships, grants, awards, loans, and stewardship of Cottey College and MOTIVATE women to achieve their highest aspirations.   P.E.O. has given over $300 million dollars to over 102,000 recipients.

P.E.O. was founded nearly 150 years ago as a college society, similar to later sororities. Fellowship and philanthropic service are of great importance to its members. There are 68 chapters in The Land of Enchantment with over 2,300 members.