Cottey & P.E.O.
Virginia Alice Cottey Stockard founded Cottey College in 1884 with the firm belief that women deserved the same quality education as men. When Alice became a member of the P.E.O. Sisterhood, she realized that P.E.O. paralleled her own goals and ideas about higher education for women.
In 1927, the P.E.O. Sisterhood accepted Cottey College as a gift from Virginia Alice Cottey Stockard, making Cottey the only nonsectarian college owned and supported by women. Ever since, the P.E.O. Sisterhood has continued to support and help provide excellent educational opportunities for women.