P.E.O. Program for Continuing Education (PCE)

The P.E.O. Program for Continuing Education (PCE) is intended to provide one-time need based grants to women who are citizens or legal permanent residents of the United States or Canada for use in completing a degree or certification necessary for improving or gaining skills leading to employment. This is a year round open scholarship application.

*The maximum grant is $3,000.
*Lesser amounts may be awarded based on funds available in the current year’s grant budget and applicants’ individual needs.
*Grants will not be awarded for prerequisite courses or to those needing or choosing immediate continuation of their education beyond the current program for which the grant is requested.
*A PCE grant is not to be used for living expenses or to repay educational loans or personal debt.
*A PCE grant is a grant-in-aid for education related expenses such as:
- tuition
- books, supplies
- testing and graduation fees
- transportation (only for estimated cost of gas, parking, and local bus fare, not for auto loan payments or maintenance)
- childcare (only while in class or studying)
- uniforms required by the educational program
- equipment/tools necessary for the course of study
*Grants may be awarded for academic or technical courses including online programs offered by educational institutions in the United States or Canada.


Women students are eligible for recommendation by a local chapter if she:
• Is a citizen or legal permanent resident of the United States or Canada;
• Is enrolled in a certification or degree program from an accredited institution; has not already earned a master’s degree or above
• Is living and studying in the U.S. or Canada for the entire course of study;
• Has had at least 24 consecutive months as a non-student sometime in her adult life;
• Is within 18 consecutive months of completing her educational program
• Is enrolled in an education program which, at the conclusion of, will lead to employment or job advance

Not eligible for grant consideration if she:
• Is requesting the grant for use in prerequisite courses needed to secure admission into another program of study
• is choosing immediate continuation of her education beyond the current program for which the grant is requested
• Has already earned a master’s degree or above
• Is enrolled in a post-master’s certificate or doctoral program

Visit https://www.peointernational.org/about-peo-program-continuing-education-pce to apply. *This is a scholarship outside of UNC, UNC does not select students. Please refer all questions to contact information on website*

up to $3,000