The PEO Sisterhood has awarded Scholastic Talent Accomplishment Recognition scholarships to two outstanding Central Brevard seniors.

Esther Francom, a graduating senior from Viera High School, and Isabella Weiner, a graduating senior from Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy, each received scholarships for $2,500.

The STAR scholarships are awarded for exceptional high school senior girls who will be attending an accredited postsecondary educational institution in the United States or Canada.

“I was very blessed to meet with the ladies of our local PEO,” said Francom, who plans to study biochemistry at the University of Central Florida. “I honestly didn’t think I was going to get it, then I got an email from the PEO STAR organization.”

Francom and Weiner have participated in the Brevard County Science Fair for many years and continually gone on to the next level.

For this year's science fair, Francom built a filtration device for the Indian River Lagoon to collect microplastics. Weiner built a 3-D printer to work with soil from Mars.

Weiner, who will attend the University of Notre Dame to study chemical engineering, was pleased to receive the scholarship.

“It’s just a really great opportunity,” she said. “It will definitely help going to college.”

Weiner, a National Merit Scholarship finalist, said she enjoyed meeting with the women of the local PEO.

For the 2021-22 academic school year, the PEO Foundation awarded 900 scholarships for a total of $2.25 million. Since the STAR scholarship was established in 2009, PEO has awarded $13,085,000 to 5,548 recipients.

PEO is a sisterhood and philanthropic, educational organization founded in 1869. PEO’s guiding principle is to provide women with the opportunities of higher education. There are almost 6,000 chapters with more than 225,000 members. Brevard County has nine chapters.

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