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Shea Binkley has been selected to receive a $2,500 STAR Scholarship from the P.E.O. Sisterhood. Binkley was recommended by the P.E.O. chapter in Las Cruces.
Binkley attended Centennial High School and was active on the student council, tennis team, Interact Club and was a foreign exchange student to The Netherlands her junior year. She will attend New Mexico State University this fall, P.E.O. of Las Cruces said in a news release.
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 United States 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.
P.E.O. (Philanthropic Educational Organization) has been celebrating women and helping women reach for the stars for more than 150 years. Since its inception in 1869, the nonprofit has helped more than 116,000 women pursue educational goals by providing more than $383 million in grants, scholarships, awards and loans. P.E.O. also owns and supports Cottey College in Nevada, Missouri. It has more than a half million members in the U.S. and Canada. What began 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 nearly 6,000 chapters.