Sisterhood helping Hagerstown woman pay for college

September 28, 2009

Jamya Daley of Hagerstown was recently awarded a $1,500 educational grant from the International Philanthropic Educational Organization (PEO) Sisterhood.

The grant will enable her complete her studies at Hagerstown Community College.

She was sponsored in her efforts by the members of local PEO Chapter 1.

Chapter members Mary Helen Strauch and Georgia Newman recently presented the award to Daley.

Daley is the mother of two daughters and has assumed additional responsibility for the care of a young niece with special needs.

In addition to caring for her family, she also works part time at the Community Free Clinic in Hagerstown while attending college.


At times, she has held as many as three part-time jobs in order to finance her educational efforts and has shown determination to succeed not only for herself, but for her family.

The PEO Program for Continuing Education is a grant program providing financial assistance to women whose education has been interrupted and who find it necessary to resume studies due to changing demands in their lives.

They must have a need for financial assistance with their educational expenses.

The award is intended as a grant-in-aid for expenses such as tuition, books, transportation or assistance with child care necessary to reach the applicant's educational goal.

Through their efforts, the PEO Sisterhood has assisted approximately 77,800 women worldwide in their educational efforts, through grants, loans, scholarships, awards and special projects.

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