Local woman receives scholarship from P.E.O. organization

February 21, 2022


Parsons, KAN. (February 17, 2022) - Parson’s P.E.O. Chapter JE, a philanthropic organization, presented a local woman with scholarships in January. 

The 2021-2022 scholarship was awarded to Malerie Ramirez, of Parsons.

Ramirez is a first-generation college student studying nursing at LCC “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.”   

“The committee was impressed by the hard work and tenacity displayed by Malerie as she pursues her educational goals,” stated Kelly Kirkpatrick, 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 the $300 scholarship to a local non-traditional female student 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, Debra Shaw 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 Shaw.  “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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