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Cecil receives grant to pursue higher education

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Philanthropic Education Organization

Samantha Cecil was recently awarded a Philanthropic Education Organization (P.E.O.) Program for Continuing Education Grant from the P.E.O. Sisterhood. She was sponsored by P.E.O., Chapter B of Long Beach.

P.E.O. has been celebrating women helping women reach for the stars for more than one hundred fifty years. The P.E.O. Program for Continuing Education was established in 1973 to provide need-based grants to women in the U.S. and Canada whose education has been interrupted and who find it necessary to return to school to support themselves and/or their families.

Cecil is pursuing a masters degree in curriculum and instruction. She is a teacher in Harrison County and is dedicated to the pursuit of education. Cecil’s dedication made her stand out amongst hundreds of applicants nationwide.

The P.E.O. Sisterhood is a U.S.-based international women's organization of about 230,000 members, with a primary focus on providing educational opportunities for female students worldwide. The Sisterhood is headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa, with close to 6,000 chapters throughout the United States and Canada.

Since its inception in 1869, the nonprofit organization has helped more than 116,000 women pursue educational goals by providing over $383 million in grants, scholarships, awards and loans. The Sisterhood also owns and supports Cottey College in Nevada, Missouri. Through membership, the P.E.O. Sisterhood has brought together more than half a million women in the United States and Canada who are passionate about helping women advance through education, while supporting and motivating them. In addition to the educational philanthropies, the P.E.O. Sisterhood provides a framework of support and community for all members.

Chapter B of Long Beach has been a part of the Mississippi Gulf Coast community since it was organized in 1930. It is the second oldest chapter in Mississippi.

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