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Lillemon awarded P.E.O. STAR Scholarship

The prestigious P.E.O. STAR Scholarship for the 2020-21 academic year, was presented to Katie Lillemon, who graduated from Austin High School this June.

Katie Lillemon was recently presented with the P.E.O. STAR Scholarship for the 2020-21 academic year. The scholarship was presented by the P.E.O. Chapter BZ. Pictured, from left, Diane Lillemon, Sue Miller, Becky Astrup, Katie Lillemon, Lindsay Sorenson and Morgan Carlson. Photo provided

Katie is the daughter of Dave and Diane Lillemon and was recommended for the scholarship by the P.E.O. Chapter BZ of Austin. LIllemon has been accepted and will attend Gustavus Adolphus College this fall with plans to study biochemistry and molecular biology in preparation for medical school.

The scholarship was presented to her at an awards ceremony by the Austin P.E.O. Chapter BZ Scholarship Committee.

The P.E.O. Star Scholarship is $2,500 scholarship based on excellence in leadership, extracurricular activities, community service, academics and potential for future success. The program is open to young women who are citizens or legal permanent residents of the United States or Canada and who are graduating high school seniors at the time of application. A student must be recommended by a P.E.O. chapter.

The P.E.O. Sisterhood, founded on Jan. 21, 1869, at Iowa Wesleyan College, Mount Pleasant, Iowa, is an international philanthropic and educational organization, which promotes increased educational opportunities for women. There are nearly 6,000 local chapters in the United States and Canada with almost 250,000 initiated members. The P.E.O. Sisterhood has provided over $366 million in financial assistance to more than 113,000 recipients. The P.E.O. Sisterhood also owns and supports Cottey College, a fully accredited, private liberal art and sciences college for women, with two-year and selected four-year programs, located in Nevada, Missouri.

For additional information on the P.E.O. STAR Scholarship, please contact Lindsay Sorenson, 1-507-434-4656 or visit peointernational.org.