Katie Beth Cannon, a 2022 North Augusta High School graduate, has been selected to receive a $2,500 PEO Sisterhood STAR Scholarship. She was recommended by Chapter Y of the Philanthropic Educational Organization of North Augusta.
The PEO STAR Scholarship was established in 2009 to provide scholarships to outstanding women in their senior year of high school to attend an accredited post-secondary institution in the United States or Canada in the upcoming academic year. The STAR Competitive Scholarship is for women who demonstrate excellence in leadership, academics, extracurricular activities, community service, and potential for future success.
Cannon has been involved in numerous school organizations, often in leadership roles. Some of his favorites included the Future Business Leaders of America and the school newspaper. Outside of school, Cannon continued with Girl Scouting and interned for 10 months with The Post and Courier North Augusta.
Cannon is currently working as a camp counselor at Active Climbing of Augusta and preparing for national competition with FBLA in Chicago. She will attend Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee this fall as part of their honors program, pursuing a major in journalism and a possible minor in political science.
Chapter Y has been part of the North Augusta community since its inception in 1997.
PEO celebrates the women who have helped women reach for the stars for over 150 years. Since its founding in 1869, the nonprofit organization has helped more than 119,000 women pursue educational goals by providing more than $398 million in grants, scholarships, awards and loans, as of April 2022.
The Sisterhood also owns and supports Cottey College. Through membership, the PEO Sisterhood has united 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 educational philanthropies, the PEO Sisterhood provides a framework of support and community for all members.
What began as a friendship between seven women in Mount Pleasant, Iowa, is now one of the oldest women’s organizations in North America with nearly 5,800 chapters.
To learn more about PEO, its powerful educational philanthropies, and to see stories of women who have benefited from the programs, visit peointernational.org.