Two Local Women Receive Scholarship from P.E.O. Organization

February 10, 2021

Parsons, KS. (February 10, 2021) - Parson’s P.E.O. Chapter JE, a philanthropic organization, presented two local women with scholarships in January.  

The 2020-2021 scholarships were awarded to Malerie Ramirez and Ivy Gatton, both of Parsons.   

Ramirez is a first-generation college student studying nursing at Labette Community College. “I am a first generation student and I have the inspiration and grit to succeed in my educational journey,” said Ramirez. “I was able to use my scholarship to cover my book costs for this semester and I am thankful for this assistance to reach my goals.” 

Gatton’s passion for medical care is what led her to study nursing at LCC. “I strive to be the nurse who goes above and beyond my training to make patient’s experiences less traumatic,” said Gatton. “I want to treat every patient with empathy and care.” Gatton’s award was a renewal of her scholarship from the 19-20 academic year.  

“The committee was impressed by the hard work and tenacity displayed by the chosen women as they pursue their educational goals,” stated Anne Allen, P.E.O. and scholarship committee member.  

The scholarship committee of Chapter JE reviewed applications submitted through LCC department heads. Members of the chapter voted to award two $300 scholarships to local non-traditional female students attending Labette Community College. Nominations were reviewed first by the committee, followed by a chapter meeting to choose two recipients. 

True to the mission of promoting educational opportunities for women, Chapter JE President, Sherri Auvigne explains the legacy of these scholarships. “Our chapter continually works toward building sisterhood, friendships and supporting women through the educational assistance programs, such as these scholarships,” concluded Auvigne.  “Education continues to be the primary philanthropy of the P.E.O. Sisterhood and Chapter JE is honored to support these two deserving women in their educational endeavors.  We wish them every success on this journey.” 

Chapter JE P.E.O. Sisterhood is a local chapter of P.E.O. International. The chapter raises money for the annual scholarships by selling evergreen wreaths and swags for the holidays. To learn more, please visit the chapter's Facebook page, P.E.O. Chapter JE Parsons, KS.


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