PEO scholarship winner

Perla Luna, with her parents Esmeralda and Jose Luna, was awarded a $2,500 scholarship by the Payson chapter of the P.E.O. in May.

The Philanthropic Educational Organization’s STAR Scholarship for 2019 went to Perla Luna, a student at Payson High School, May 14.

Bette Acker presented the scholarship at the high school awards ceremony. Luna is the daughter of Jose and Esmeralda Luna and was recommended for this scholarship by Chapter DF of Payson.

Her family owns Alfonso’s restaurant, which was heavily damaged by fire a couple of months ago, but has recently reopened in a new facility.

Luna has been accepted and will attend Arizona State University where her major will be medical studies beginning this fall.

The P.E.O. STAR Scholarship is a $2,500 scholarship based on excellence in leadership, extracurricular activities, community service, academics and potential for future success. The program is open to young women who are citizens or legal permanent residents of the United States or Canada and who are graduating high school seniors at the time of application. A P.E.O. chapter must recommend a student.

The P.E.O. Sisterhood, founded Jan. 21, 1869 is an international philanthropic and educational organization that promotes increased educational opportunities for women. 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, Mo.

For additional information on the P.E.O. STAR Scholarship, contact Bette Acker at 602-625-1696 or visit

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