International Peace Scholars Alexsandra Szaniawska from Poland and Juhi Roy from India, were guest speakers at a recent P.E.O. luncheon at the White Inn, Fredonia. Established in 1949, the P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship Fund (IPS) provides scholarships for international women students to pursue graduate study in the United States and Canada before returning to their homelands. Currently enrolled at the University of Buffalo, Szaniawska is writing her thesis for a PHD in American Studies and Roy is working toward a Ph.D. in global gender studies. They shared their educational journeys with CE members and their guests including members of Chapter BS, Buffalo and Chapter V, Snyder, N.Y.
Chapter CE/NY is one of the 50 P.E.O. state, provincial and district chapters in the United States and Canada with 33 active members from Bemus Point, Jamestown, Lakewood, Panama, Fredonia and Warren, Pa. P.E.O., www.peointernational.org, is an organization interested in the educational promotion of women through scholarships.
As a philanthropic organization, P.E.O supports six philanthropies which were developed to assist women in furthering their education. Cottey College is a woman's college with two-year and selected four-year programs owned and operated by P.E.O. since 1927. More than 8,600 women from all the 50 states, four provinces and from more than 85 countries have graduated from Cottey College since the first class in 1887. Five other P.E.O. philanthropies, one of which is IPS, provide higher educational assistance through scholarships, grant, awards and loans. These P.E.O. philanthropies have provided $235 million in financial assistance to 90,400 recipients of the ELF (Educational Loan Fund), IPS (International Peace Scholarships), PCE (Program for Continuing Education), PSA (P.E.O. Scholar Awards) and STAR (scholarships for exceptional high school graduating women) projects.
International Peace Scholars Alexsandra Szaniawska and Juhi Roy, center left and right, speak with P.E.O. Chapter CE/NY Past President Diane Scarcella, left, and President Camille Guinnane, right.