PICKENS COUNTY — Pickens County’s Chapter of the P.E.O. Sisterhood, an international philanthropic and educational organization that promotes increased educational opportunities for women, recently announced beneficiary scholarships and grants for the 2015-2016 school year.
The International Peace Scholarship helps selected women from other countries achieve U.S. graduate study.
Jolanta Niedzwiecka received the International Peace Scholarship (IPS) for 2014-2015 and because of her outstanding record at Clemson University, has been granted a renewal for the 2015-2016 school year. Niedzwiecka grew up in a small town in Poland and came to the United States as a Fulbright Scholar for Clemson’s Ph.D. program in Environmental Engineering.
Michelle Albrecht received a Program for Continuing Education (PCE) grant. PCE provides grants to women “whose education has been interrupted and who find it necessary to return to school to support themselves and/or their families.”
Albrecht, presently a Southern Wesleyan University student pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Business Management, expects to finish her academic work in December 2015. Her goal is upper level management within the Greenville Health System where she has worked since 1993.
Kate Brady, a 2015 Wren High School graduate, received the P.E.O. Star Scholarship in recognition of her scholastic achievements, service to school and community, and outstanding personal character.
Not only the 2015 class valedictorian, Girls’ State representative, and South Carolina Girls’ Nation member, Brady found time to organize a group of young musicians to perform regularly for ANmed Cancer Center patients.
Brady will attend Harvard University this fall where her major will be English with a foreign language minor.
Haleigh Alexander, a Pickens High School senior who graduated in the top 20 of her class, was awarded the Palmetto Grant of the South Carolina Education Fund (SCEF) of the P.E.O. Sisterhood. The SCEF Palmetto Grant helps young South Carolina women achieve their goals and use their talents within South Carolina professions.
Alexander won the regional Skills USA competition and will compete at the national level this summer. In the fall, she will enter Clemson University’s General Engineering program.