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The prestigious P.E.O. STAR Scholarship for the 2019-20 academic year was presented to Rachel Beaver, a senior at Owen High School. 

The scholarship was presented during a ceremony on May 28. 

Beaver is the daughter of Kristy and Michael Beaver and was recommended for the scholarship by Asheville P.E.O chapter. 

Rachel has been accepted and will attend the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in the school of Art and Architecture where she plans to study art and art history beginning this fall.

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 residents of the U.S. 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 over 6000 local chapters in the United States and Canada with over a quarter million initiated members. 

Since its inception 150 years ago, the nonprofit organization has helped more than 105,000 women pursue their educational goals by providing more than $321 million in grants, scholarships, awards and educational loans. 

The Sisterhood also owns Cottey College, a fully accredited, liberal arts and sciences college for women, with two-year and selected four-year programs, located in Nevada, Missouri.

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