A 2019 graduate of a rigorous homeschool program has been given the prestigious P.E.O. STAR Scholarship for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Mary Harter took Advanced Placement and dual credit courses online while attending traditional classes at Eastern Kentucky University, studying voice with a Berea College professor and enrolling in several independent studies.

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Mary Harter receives a $2,500 scholarship presented by Marie Mitchell, P.E.O. STAR Scholarship committee member.

She was recommended for this scholarship by Chapter V of Richmond, KY. The scholarship was presented at the June 8 meeting of Richmond’s P.E.O. Sisterhood.

The scholarship, which is based on excellence in leadership, extracurricular activities, community service, academics and potential for future success, gives Harter $2,500 toward her studies at University of California Santa Cruz this fall.

The program is open to young women who are graduating high school seniors at the time of application. A student must be recommended by a P.E.O. chapter.

The P.E.O. Sisterhood, founded January 21, 1869, at Iowa Wesleyan College, Mount Pleasant, Iowa, is an international philanthropic and educational organization, which promotes increased educational opportunities for women. There are nearly 6,000 local chapters in the United States and Canada with almost 250,000 initiated members. The PE.O. Sisterhood has provided over $321 million in financial assistance to more than 105,000 recipients. The P.E.O. Sisterhood also owns Cottey College, a fully accredited, private liberal arts and sciences college for women, with two-year and selected four-year programs, located in Nevada, Missouri.

For additional information on the P.E.O. STAR Scholarship, please visit peointernational.org.

Madison County Students awarded Farm Bureau scholarship

Six Madison County graduates were awarded scholarships from the Madison County Farm Bureau and the Kentucky Farm Bureau Education Foundation. In partnership with the County Farm Bureaus, the Kentucky Farm Bureau Education Foundation awarded more than $460,000 this year to deserving students from across the Commonwealth.

Seth Anderson was awarded a $1,000 Madison County Farm Bureau Scholarship. Anderson plans to study wildlife management.

Tanner Cruse was awarded a $1,000 Madison County Farm Bureau Scholarship. Cruse plans to study agriculture engineer technology.

Bethany Groce was awarded a $1,000 Madison County Farm Bureau Scholarship. Groce plans to attend Eastern Kentucky University to study pre-veterinary medicine.

Lauren Rowlette was awarded a $1,000 Madison County Farm Bureau Scholarship and a $1,000 Kentucky Farm Bureau Education Foundation Scholarship. Rowlette plans to study agriculture education.

Cheyenne Shearer was awarded a $1,000 Madison County Farm Bureau Scholarship. Shearer plans to attend Eastern Kentucky University to study agriculture education.

Lily Wilson was awarded a $1,000 Madison County Farm Bureau Scholarship. Wilson plans to study business.

Farm Bureau scholarships, offered annually, are awarded to recipients who display the greatest levels of academic excellence, involvement in extracurricular activities, leadership abilities and financial need.

Educators save at Barnes & Noble

Starting next week, educators can save a little more when they head for the shelves for school supplies with Barnes & Noble's nationwide discounts for pre-kindergarten through 12th grade teachers and administrators.

The world's largest retail bookseller is celebrating educators with its longest-ever Back-to-School Educator Appreciation Days. This year’s extended timeline will kick off on July 20, with back-to-school discounts to celebrate educators every Saturday and Sunday until September 15.

All stores nationwide and BN.com will feature special discounts to celebrate pre-K-12 public, private and homeschool teachers and administrators, including 25 percent off most merchandise such as books, toys and games, while supplies last.

“At Barnes & Noble, we recognize teachers and administrators for all their hard work year-round, and we are thrilled to announce even more Educator Appreciation Days ahead of the new school year,” said Tracy Vidakovich, Vice President, Business Development for Barnes & Noble. “This year, starting July 20 and running through September 15, we’ll celebrate teachers every weekend with 25 percent off most merchandise and special discounts that go above and beyond our usual Educator Program deals.”

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