Claudia Reckamp receives P.E.O. STAR Scholarship


OREGON – Claudia Reckamp, a senior at Oregon High School, was selected to receive a $2,500 STAR Scholarship from the P.E.O. Sisterhood.

She was recommended by P.E.O. Chapter CU of Mt. Morris.

Reckamp is on the Academic Team, in band serving as a drum major and as the teacher’s assistant, has played soccer, and has been involved in school plays, including serving as a director.  She will attend the University in Illinois in Champaign-Urbana in the fall to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree.  She also plans to audition for the Marching Illini! She plans to enroll in General studies to explore several fields in biology and science.

The P.E.O. STAR Scholarship was established in 2009 to provide scholarships for exceptional high school senior women to attend an accredited post-secondary educational institution in the U.S. or Canada in the next academic year. The competitive STAR Scholarship is for women who exhibit excellence in leadership, academics, extracurricular activities, community service and potential for future success.

Chapter CU has been a part of the Mt. Morris community since it was organized in 1929.

P.E.O. (Philanthropic Educational Organization) has been celebrating women helping women reach for the stars for more than 150 years. Since its inception in 1869, the nonprofit organization has helped more than 116,000* women pursue educational goals by providing over $383 million* in grants, scholarships, awards and loans. The Sisterhood also owns and supports Cottey College. Through membership, the P.E.O. Sisterhood has brought together more than a half a million women in the United States and Canada who are passionate about helping women advance through education, while supporting and motivating them. In addition to the educational philanthropies, the P.E.O. Sisterhood provides a framework of support and community for all members.

What started with a bond of friendship among seven women in Mount Pleasant, Iowa, is now one of the oldest women’s organizations in North America with close to 6,000 chapters.

To learn more about P.E.O., its powerful educational philanthropies and see stories of women who have benefited from the programs, visit