Going to college can be a balancing act. For some women attending East Central College, juggling a full-time work schedule and a family can make it difficult. Financial burdens can also bring on added stress. With the help of the Philanthropic Education Organization (PEO) International Sisterhood, these women have a helping hand toward earning a degree.
Chapter NA of Franklin County serves local women by providing grants, scholarships and low-interest loans to those in financial emergencies. The group is one of many PEO Sisterhood chapters throughout the country and Canada.
As part of their local efforts, the group donated a thousand dollars to the East Central Financial Aid Department for the 2016-17 academic year. Student Financial Aid Director Karen Griffin hopes the funds will prevent local women from dropping out of school when facing a hardship.
“We are very excited to have access to these funds,” Griffin said. “We have very little resources available to help female students experiencing an emergency financial situation.”
Additionally, Chapter NA donated nearly 500 dollars to the ECC Adult Education and Literacy Program (AEL). They will allocate the grant among five vouchers for the HiSET exam (formerly the GED). Women older than 24 years of age are eligible to receive a voucher.
Carol Rucker of Chapter NA is thankful to be a part of a group who gives back to the women of Franklin County.
“We are looking forward to continuing these funds and are thrilled to be of assistance to local women in reaching their educational goals at East Central.”
Picture: Muffi Painter (PEO), Karen Griffin, Franklin the Falcon, Carol Rucker and Letitia Marlow (PEO)