2014 P.E.O. Star scholarship goes to Gilford High's Sally Ann Tinkham

GILFORD — The prestigious P.E.O. Star Scholarship for 2014 has been awarded to Sally Ann Tinkham, a graduating senior at Gilford High School. The scholarship was presented at a school award ceremony by Marilyn Lynch.

Tinkham is the daughter of Dan & Diane Tinkham and was recommended for the $2,500 scholarship by P.E.O. Chapter 6 in Meredith. She will attend Gordon College in Wenham, Mass. in the fall. She plans to study elementary education.

The P.E.O. Star Scholarship is based on excellence in leadership, extracurricular activities, community service, academics and the potential for future success. The program is open to young women who are citizens or legal permanent resident 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 to be eligible for an award.

The P.E.O. Sisterhood, founded in 1869 at Iowa Wesleyan College, is an international philanthropic and educational organization which promotes increased educational opportunities for women. There are nearly 6,000 local chapters in the U.S. and Canada, with almost 90,400 initiated members. The sisterhood has given $235 million in financial assistance to almost 90,400 recipients. It also owns Cottey College, a fully accredited, private, liberal arts and sciences college for women in Nevada, Missouri.

For more information about the P.E.O. Star Scholarship program, pleas contact Marilyn Lynch at 524-1906 or visit peointernational.org.