Vivian Clark of Perkinston, a senior at the William Carey University Tradition campus in Biloxi, was recently awarded a $1,800 scholarship from the P.E.O. Sisterhood, an international philanthropic and educational organization promoting increased educational opportunities for women.
Clark, a psychology major and biology minor, was recommended for the nationally competitive award by the sisterhood’s Chapter M, which is based in Hattiesburg. The sisterhood’s Program for Continuing Education provides need-based grants to women in the United States and Canada whose education has been interrupted and who find it necessary to support themselves and their families.
The scholarship will help Clark, who also works in the Tradition campus education department, achieve her educational goals and ease the burden of expenses such as tuition, books and lab fees.
“We were inspired to sponsor Vivian for the scholarship due to her tenacity,” said Hanna Knowles, chair of the scholarship committee. “She had applied to several positions and had been turned away due to her level of education. This did not deter her, but rather pushed her to improve her qualifications.”
The sisterhood, founded in 1869 at Iowa Wesleyan College in Mount Pleasant, Iowa, has given more than $250 million in financial assistance to more than 95,000 recipients. For more information on the sisterhood, visit www.peointernational.org.