BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington student Caitlin Roof is a recipient of a $3,000 scholarship awarded by the International Chapter of Philanthropic Education Organization (P.E.O.). “The P.E.O. told me it was the largest sum they could offer and I was one of just a few women to receive the biggest amount of money,” Roof said.

“I learned about the scholarship opportunity in an email that the Financial Aid department sent me in the spring of 2015 and since I met the qualifications, I applied,” Roof said.

The P.E.O. Sisterhood Program for Continuing Education Grant Scholarship provides financial assistance to women whose education has been interrupted and who find it necessary to return to school to complete a degree or certification that improves their marketable skills for employment to support themselves and their families. Roof’s six-year-old son is her reason for continuing her education. “I want to make sure he has everything that I didn’t have as a child,” she said.

Roof began studying Human Services in the spring of 2014 after reading about the program in an Ivy Tech newsletter. She will graduate at the end of the semester with an Associate degree in Human Services, and is on track to receive a General Studies degree in May 2016. Next fall she will transfer to Indiana University and plans on double majoring in Psychology and Biology.

“I really want to be a Mental Health Counselor or a Psychiatrist, but that is years down the road,” Roof said. She is gaining real-world experience in the health field as an intern at Hearthstone Health Campus.

For more information about scholarship opportunities, email the Financial Aid department at The financial aid staff is available for walk-ins Mondays-Thursdays 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Fridays 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


About Ivy Tech Community College

Ivy Tech Community College is Indiana's largest public postsecondary institution and the nation's largest singly accredited statewide community college system, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana and also serves thousands of students annually online. It serves as the state's engine of workforce development, offering associate degrees, long- and short-term certificate programs, industry certifications, and training that aligns with the needs of the community. The College provides a seamless transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana, as well as out of state, for a more affordable route to a bachelor's degree.