Local group announces education loan recipient

Friday, January 4, 2019

Chapter AP – P.E.O. has announced that 2016 Park High School graduate Kinsey Whiting was chosen to recieve a P.E.O. Educational Loan.

The Educational Loan Fund (E.L.F.) “makes loans available to qualified women who desire a higher education and are in need of financial assistance,” according to a Chapter AP-P.E.O press release. The E.L.F. was established in 1907 and applicants must be recommended by a local chapter of the P.E.O. Sisterhood.

The award is not a scholarship, but a loan with a current interest rate of 2 percent. Loans are available for a non-degree accredited program, an associate or bachelor’s degree, a master’s degree or doctoral degree.

P.E.O. is a philanthropic organization, celebrating 150 years of the advancement of women through education, according to the release. Whiting is one of 27 recipients nationwide who were issued a total of $385,000 in loans. She is currently a junior at Montana State University majoring in business management with a minor in small business and entrepreneurship. She is the daughter of Scott and Mary Whiting of Livingston.

Although she is a member of Chapter AP – P.E.O., women interested in applying for a loan are not required to belong to a P.E.O. chapter. Park County has three Chapters: AP, BW and P, who combined gave $13,000 in scholarships to high school senior girls in 2018, according to the release. Scholarship applications are available to 2019 graduating senior girls in the guidance offices at each high school.