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Promoting Peace and Understanding Through Education
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Jian YaoFirst year Whitehead School graduate student, Jian Yao of Xi’an, Peoples Republic of China, was named a recipient of the P.E.O.’s International Peace Scholarship for the 2012-2013 academic year. Established in 1949, the International Peace Scholarship Fund of the P.E.O. philanthropic organization works for the betterment of women by celebrating the advancement of women, educating women through scholarship and other awards, and motivating women to achieve their highest aspirations. For P.E.O. members, education is the most essential medium for world peace and understanding.

Yao will utilize the funds received through this award to defray her tuition expenses for the next academic year. She is thrilled to have been extended this opportunity. “I have seen great work being done to educate and empower women in my home country of China,” she says. “This award will allow me to complete my studies and to become actively involved in these activities at a level that will have a greater impact in our communities.”

Yao cites the Whitehead School as a source of motivation and inspiration in addition to education for her path towards achieving her goals. “From the time my application was prepared until now, every Whitehead School newsletter, every event I participated in, every class I have taken, every professor and faculty member I have spoken with, every classmate and student I have met along the way has inspired and encouraged me with their achievements, sense of responsibility, enthusiasm, commitment, and the example of a dedicated work ethic.” She continues, “The main focus of the P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship Fund is to spread the idea of peace and education. I give most of the credit to the Whitehead School for not only my being awarded this scholarship, but also for my on-going development because the School is truly spreading the message of peace and importance of education.”  

“I am a woman,” she concludes, “that has been encouraged and helped by other women,” she says. “Now it is my turn to give back.”

For more information please contact:
Gwen Debenedetto
(973) 275-2562


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