We extend a warm welcome to you as you view our Kentucky State Chapter P.E.O. website.

     We are thrilled to offer this site to all our Kentucky members and to the sisterhood at large. We invite and encourage you to browse through our site.

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. (Philanthropic Educational Organization), one of the pioneer societies for women, was founded on January 21, 1869, by seven students at Iowa Wesleyan College in Mount Pleasant, Iowa. Originally a small campus friendship society, P.E.O. soon blossomed to include women off campus.

     Today, P.E.O. has grown from that tiny membership of seven to almost a quarter of a million members in chapters in the United States and Canada. The P.E.O. Sisterhood is passionate about its mission: promoting educational opportunities for women. Our sisterhood proudly makes a difference in women's lives with six philanthropies that include ownership of Cottey College, a women’s college with two-year and selected four-year programs, and five other philanthropies that provide higher educational assistance: P.E.O. Educational Loan Fund, P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship Fund, P.E.O. Program for Continuing Education, P.E.O. Scholar Awards, P.E.O. STAR Scholarship.

     Kentucky’s Louisville Chapter A was organized in March 1930. Kentucky State Chapter was organized at the first Convocation of Kentucky Chapters November 1956, with Chapter K being the 11th chapter. Kentucky is currently home to nearly 1,500 active members in 42 chapters across the bluegrass state.