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January 2018

left to right: Ann Hitchings, member of P.E.O. Chapter AJ Larchmont; Lisa Bianco, Scholarship recipient; Rye Neck High School Guidance Counselor, Leslie Kane

P.E.O. Jean Bruce Scholarship Awarded by Larchmont Chapter AJ

This spring, Rye Neck High School Senior Lisa Bianco was awarded the $2000 Jean Bruce Scholarship by Larchmont Chapter AJ of the international P.E.O. (Philanthropic Educational Organization },  one of the 80 P.E.O. Chapters in New York State.  Jean Bruce, a former member of Chapter AJ, provided funds in her will for this scholarship. P.E.O. prides itself on offering women opportunities to pursue further education through scholarships, grants, low-interest loans and through attendance at Cottey College, which is solely owned and supported by P.E.O.  The organization has been quietly supporting girls and women to achieve their educational potential since the mid Eighteen Hundreds.


Bianco will be attending SUNY Geneseo this fall, hoping to study International Economics. Chapter AJ is thrilled that it can assist her with her educational costs. Bianco was awarded this scholarship because she exhibited excellence in leadership, extracurricular activities, community service,  academics and demonstrated a potential for future success.


On a national level, P.E.O. will be awarding $2500 STAR scholarships to young women who are high school seniors and who have demonstrated the same excellence in their high school years. Chapter AJ sponsored winning candidates in 2009, 2012 and 2015. In 2012, seven New York State graduating seniors became STAR scholars.


Chapter AJ is very interested in sponsoring another STAR scholar.  To be considered, candidates must be recommended to Chapter AJ by their counselors for this highly competitive scholarship by October 15, 2017. Any interested seniors should contact their high school counselors as soon as possible to get their applications in by the deadline.