Gay Erickson, Chapter BN along with Carly Edge, mother Karen, and Sharon Wilson, Chapter BN pose after presenting Edge with a $3,000 grant from the P.E.O. Sisterhood. Submitted photo

Summerland student receives education grant

International organization provided $3,000 grant for nursing student

A local student was the beneficiary of a grant from an international organization that has been focusing on providing educational opportunities for women since 1869.

Carly Edge, a Summerland woman attending Okanagan College in Penticton, received a $3,000 Program for Continuing Education grant from the International Chapter of the P.E.O. Sisterhood.

Chapter BN Kelowna, a local chapter of the sisterhood, recommended Edge as a candidate to receive financial assistance to complete her nursing program.

The P.E.O. Sisterhood is a U.S.-based international women’s organization of about 230,000 members, The Sisterhood was founded on January 21, 1869, as a seven-member sorority at Iowa Wesleyan College.. The sisterhood remains headquartered in Iowa, with chapters throughout the U.S and Canada.

During the 2017-2018 fiscal year, 1,778 applications were received, with grants awarded totalling $3.5 million.

Continuing education grants are available to women who are citizens or legal permanent residents of the U.S. or Canada and who have decided to return to school to advance their education and marketable skills.


Steve Kidd
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