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Peri Wilby, a senior at San Marcos High School, was selected to receive a $2,500 STAR Scholarship from the P.E.O. Sisterhood. She was recommended by P.E.O. Chapter ET of Santa Barbara, CA.

Peri is on the Mock Trial team, performs in school musicals, was President of the APPLE Academy and has most enjoyed tutorting younger students to ensure their academic success.

 She will attend the University of California at Berkeley in the fall to major in political science and history. Her ultimate goal is to study constitutional law and become an attorney working for the ACLU or other social justice organization. 

The P.E.O. STAR Scholarship was established in 2009 to provide scholarships for exceptional high school senior women to attend an accredited postsecondary educational institution in the U.S. or Canada in the next academic year. The competitive STAR Scholarship is for women who exhibit excellence in leadership, academics, extracurricular activities, community service and potential for future success. 

Chapter ET has been a part of the Santa Barbara community since it was organized on June 12, 1896.

P.E.O. (Philanthropic Educational Organization) has been celebrating women helping women reach for the stars for more than 150 years. Since its inception in 1869, the nonprofit organization has helped more than 116,000* women pursue educational goals by providing over $383 million* in grants, scholarships, awards and loans. The Sisterhood also owns and supports Cottey College. Through membership, the P.E.O. Sisterhood has brought together more than a half a million women in the United States and Canada who are passionate about helping women advance through education, while supporting and motivating them. In addition to the educational philanthropies, the P.E.O. Sisterhood provides a framework of support and community for all members.

What started with a bond of friendship among seven women in Mount Pleasant, Iowa, is now one of the oldest women’s organizations in North America with close to 6,000 chapters. 

To learn more about P.E.O., its powerful educational philanthropies and see stories of women who have benefited from the programs, visit

You can also join us at:
@PEOInternational on Instagram
@PEOSisterhood on 

*As of April 2021


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