Conway High School 2018 graduate Kylee French is the recipient of the P.E.O. STAR Scholarship for the academic year.

The $2,500 scholarship was presented to the former student by P.E.O. Chapter E STAR Scholarship Committee members Pat Howerton, Pat Otto and Patsy Desaulniers.

French is the daughter of Bobby and Ericka French.

The graduate has plans to attend the University of Central Arkansas to study special education beginning fall 2018.

“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,” a news release from the Chapter E, reads. “The program is open to young women who are citizens or legal permanent residents of the [U.S.] or Canada who are graduating high school seniors at the time of application.”

Hilda Malpica, with Chapter E, said they decided to nominate French for the international award because of how impressed they were with her during the application and interview process, especially her work with the Conway High School Best Buddies organization and special needs children in and out of school.

“Just all of it,” Malpica said. “We [were] very pleased.”

After the local chapter sponsored her for the scholarship, she said, it went international where French was one of more than 700 applicants, 23 from Arkansas.

“It’s very competitive,” Malpica said.

She said the international organization has given millions.

“The members of your recommending chapter and every P.E.O. in the United States and Canada wish you success in your post-secondary educational endeavors,” board of trustees chairman, Patricia Franzen wrote in the notification email to French. “We are pleased to share in a part of your academic life and your commitment to higher education. Our best wishes to you.”

The P.E.O. Sisterhood was founded in 1869 at Iowa Wesleyan College and is an international philanthropic, educational organization that promotes educational opportunity for women with nearly 6,000 chapters in the U.S. and Canada with about 250,000 members.