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PEO Education Foundation

The PEO Educational Foundation is a non profit charitable corporation in Oregon whose mission is to provide scholarships to Oregon citizens pursuing engineering degrees at any one of Oregon's five ABET accredited colleges. It has its own Board and raises funds both in concert with PEO and independently.

Over the past 40 years the Foundation has awarded hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarships. Current schools eligible for awards are Oregon State, Portland State, George Fox, Oregon Institute of Technology and University of Portland.

Historically over the past 20 years Oregon has provided less support for college students than most other states. However, largely due to the quality of the state's educators, Oregon students continue to outperform the nation on both the Fundamentals and  the Professional exams.  It will continue to be important for the Foundation to increase its support in order to maintain this level of performance in the future.

Students that received scholarships in 2016:
The PEO Education Foundation authorized the issuance of the following scholarships during the Fall of 2016:

◊ Two $1,000 scholarships to Oregon State University engineering students
◊ One $1,000 scholarship to a George Fox engineering student
◊ One $1,000 scholarship to an engineering student at Oregon Tech / Oregon Institute of Technology
◊ One $1,000 scholarship to an engineering student at Portland State University
◊ One $1,000 scholarship to an engineering student at University of Portland

The dean's office at each of the schools selected the students for these scholarships.
They select students based upon the Foundation's preference policy as follows:

A. Oregon Students. Applicants must be citizens of the USA and either (a) graduates of an Oregon high school, or (b) be the child of a parent who is a bona fide permanent Oregon resident.
B. Membership in the NSPE & PEO- Students are to join for free at:
C. Scholastic Level – Preference shall be given in order of descending priority to students in their:
i. Fifth or final undergraduate year;
ii. Fourth undergraduate year;
iii. Third undergraduate year;
iv. Second undergraduate year;
v. Students entering their freshman year may not be considered for scholarships.
C. Potential Contribution – Potential of the student candidate to make a significant contribution to society and the engineering profession shall be the principle consideration.
D. Financial Need – Financial need shall be the secondary consideration. In addition to financial need, the candidate must show reasonable expectation of being able to complete the scholastic year with the total financial aid available and such self-help (employment) as is reasonably available.
E. Grades – Cumulative grade points shall be of tertiary consideration.

Matters Not To Be Considered – Sex, race, and religion shall not enter into the award.

To make a contribution with a credit card just simply click the link below or mail in your contribution to:
PEO Education Foundation 70 SW Century Dr., Suite 100, #353, Bend, OR  97702

For details on scholarship requirements for individuals please see the attached Bylaws or contact the Financial Aid office at the eligible schools. 
Central Oregon Chapter has a seperate Scholarship Program.  The chapter volunteers select students. 
The goal is to support local students attending engineering schools in Oregon.

Governing Documents:


The leadership team for 2016 will be:
President – Steve Anderson, PE, FNSPE
Vice President – John Featherly, PE
Treasurer – Ralph Dunham, PE
Board Members –
Dave Bassett, PE
Ralph Drewfs, PE, FASME
Tom Headley, PE
Dave Taylor, PE
Bill Tye, PE