P.E.O. International awards scholarship to WVU Parkersburg student

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Philanthropic Educational Organization (P.E.O.) International has awarded West Virginia University at Parkersburg student Vickie Sargent a scholarship for the 2015-2016 school year. Sargent competed against nominees across the nation for the scholarship.

WVU Parkersburg Professor of English Dr. Rebecca Phillips nominated Sargent for the award.vickiesargent

“I nominated Vickie because she’s a special person with an inspiring story,” explained Dr. Phillips. “Whatever challenges her life has thrown at her she has faced with a smile and unflagging energy.”

P.E.O. is an all women organization that supports women’s educational advancement through scholarships, grants and other awards. P.E.O. was founded on January 21, 1869 and since then has assisted over 90,000 women internationally. P.E.O. member Emily Grafton presented Sargent with the scholarship check during a social meeting in July.

“We love Vickie,” says Grafton. “We hope to stay with her through her education and beyond. We consider ourselves a sisterhood with emphasis on caring for each other as much as for our work.”

“It is such an amazing feeling to know that there have been so many people helping me get my education,” said Sargent. “I am incredibly grateful to everyone who has helped me along the pathway to a better me.”

The scholarship will cover for all of Vickie’s academic expenses for the upcoming school year.

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