State Chapter
P.E.O. Sisterhood

The P.E.O. Sisterhood was founded in 1869 on the campus of Iowa Wesleyan College, Mount Pleasant, Iowa. It has grown from a founding membership of seven young women to today’s membership of over a quarter of a million members in the United States and Canada. From its beginning, the P.E.O. Sisterhood has promoted educational opportunities for women.

P.E.O. came to Indiana in 1886 with the organization of Chapter U (original lettering later changed to A) in Thorntown. This chapter was the first east of the Mississippi and the second outside of Iowa. By 1923, nine chapters had been organized in Indiana, thus allowing the formation of The Indiana State Chapter in June of 1923. To date, there are more than 135 active chapters in Indiana.

Photo Credit: Indiana Dunes National Park Website
Photo Credit: Indiana Dunes National Park Website

Learn More About P.E.O.

Visitors are welcome to learn more about P.E.O., the P.E.O. Educational Projects, and Cottey College by clicking on the  "About P.E.O." button.
Our Sisterhood proudly makes a difference in women's lives with six philanthropies that include ownership of a women's college, Cottey College, and five projects that provide higher educational assistance.
P.E.O. Educational Loan Fund
Cottey College
P.E.O. International Scholarship Peace Fund
P.E.O. Program for Continuing Education
P.E.O. Scholar Awards
P.E.O. STAR Scholarship