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News from Polson P.E.O. Chapter AI

POLSON — Polson P.E.O. Chapter AI sponsored Kaitlynn Lamphere, of Ronan, to receive a $15,000 scholarship from the Montana State Chapter of P.E.O. for her freshman year at Cottey College.  

Kaitlynn’s field of study is in criminology. This scholarship was granted for her upcoming sophomore year. Kaitlynn is a 2020 graduate of Polson High School. Her parents are Nathan and Sarah Lamphere, of Ronan.  

In addition, Polson P.E.O. Chapter AI offers two or three $1,000 memorial scholarships to exceptional young women graduating from Polson High School. These memorial scholarships honor Myrtle Sweet, Faye Harris, Doris Herbert and Sarah Jane Hanson, past members of Chapter AI who bequeathed funds to help local women achieve their highest educational aspirations.

In May, Chapter AI awarded $1,000 memorial scholarships to Grace Hobbs and Paige Mergenthaler who are 2021 graduates of Polson High School. Grace and Paige received these scholarships based on their outstanding accomplishments in leadership, academics, extracurricular activities, community service, as well as their potential for future success. 

Both young women have clear, challenging goals for their college and university degree programs. Grace, daughter of Jennifer and Greg Hobbs, of Polson, plans to major in environmental science. Paige, daughter of Heather and Brande Mergenthaler, of Polson, plans to major in dental hygiene as an undergraduate and then attend dental school to become a doctor of medicine in dentistry. 

P.E.O. is an International organization that provides educational opportunities for women by offering scholarships, grants, awards and loans to help women achieve their educational goals. P.E.O. is affiliated with Cottey College, an independent liberal arts and sciences women’s college located in Nevada, Missouri and offers scholarships to encourage young women to attend.  

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