The prestigious P.E.O. STAR Scholarship, for the 2011-2012 academic year, was presented to Destiny Arteaga, a senior at LCM High School. The scholarship was presented at the LCM High School awards ceremony on May 26 by E’Dee Jenkins, local chapter representative.

Destiny Arteaga is the daughter of Mario and Lisa Arteaga and was recommended for this scholarship by Chapter GW of Orange, Texas. Of the 2,448 exceptional applicants this year the P.E.O. Sisterhood was able to choose 231 recipients throughout the United States and Canada.
Arteaga has been accepted and will attend the University of Texas in Austin where she plans to study petroleum engineering.

The P.E.O. STAR Scholarship is a $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 January 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 approximately 6,000 local chapters in the United States and Canada with more than 350,000 initiated members. The P.E.O. Sisterhood has given nearly $190 million in financial assistance to more than 80,000 women. The P.E.O. Sisterhood also owns Cottey College, a two-year liberal arts college in Nevada, Missouri.

For additional information on the P.E.O. STAR Scholarship, please contact your local high school guidance counselor or visit

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