P.E.O. Chapter N of New Canaan has provided a Scholastic Talent Accomplishment Recognition Scholarship in the memory of Victoria Leigh Soto, a teacher who was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in December 2012.
While Soto was not a member of the organization, P.E.O. wanted to honor her dedication to the safety of her students and her courage in the face of horror by providing a scholarship in her memory.
The recipient of the $2,500 is Fairfield Ludlowe High School graduate Meredith Doyle Stuhlman, who was recommended by P.E.O. Chapter AB of Fairfield. She is a student at University of Virginia at Charlottesville, studying nursing.
The P.E.O. Sisterhood, founded in 1869, is a philanthropic and educational organization interested in bringing to women increased opportunities for higher education. There are approximately 6,000 local chapters in the United States and Canada with nearly 240,000 active members. Chapter N of New Canaan was organized in New Canaan in October 1963 and will celebrating its 50th anniversary in the fall.