The P.E.O. Program for Continuing Education (PCE) is intended to provide one-time need based grants to women who are citizens or legal permanent residents of the United States or Canada for use in completing a degree or certification necessary for improving or gaining skills leading to employment.
How to Apply
A woman is eligible for recommendation by a local chapter if she:
- is a citizen or legal permanent resident of the United States or Canada;
- is enrolled in a certification or degree program from an accredited institution;
- is living and studying in the United States or Canada for the entire course of study;
- has had at least 24 consecutive months as a non-student sometime in her adult life;
- is within 18 consecutive months of completing her educational program which, at the conclusion of, will lead to employment or job advancement.
- The maximum grant is $3,000.
- Lesser amounts may be awarded based on funds available in the current year’s grant budget and applicants’ individual needs.
- Grants will not be awarded for prerequisite courses or to those needing or choosing immediate continuation of their education beyond the current program for which the grant is requested.
- A PCE grant is not to be used for living expenses or to repay educational loans or personal debt.
- A PCE grant is a grant-in-aid for education related expenses such as:
– books, supplies
– testing and graduation fees
– transportation (only for estimated cost of gas, parking, and local bus fare,
not for auto loan payments or maintenance)
– childcare (only while in class or studying)
– uniforms required by the educational program
– equipment/tools necessary for the course of study
- Grants may be awarded for academic or technical courses including online programs offered by educational institutions in the United States or Canada.