New Canaan Chapter N of Philanthropic Educational Organization recently hosted a lunch in honor of two International Peace Scholarship students, Lydia Namatende, of Uganda, and Iris Amuto, of Kenya, both of whom are attending Columbia University.

Namatende is a doctoral candidate in education and Amuto is pursuing a master's degree in negotiation and conflict resolution.

The New Canaan organization is the host chapter for the two students.

The International Peace Scholarship is one of six projects supported by members of PEO, which provides educational support for women. The scholarship issues need-based grants to women from other countries pursuing graduate work in a U.S. or Canadian university. Each student will return to her country within 60 days of completing her degree program. A recipient is eligible to apply for one renewal of her scholarship.

In April, the IPS board of trustees awarded 164 scholarships to women from 72 different countries. The women will be studying toward graduate degrees at 90 universities in 32 states and four Canadian provinces for the 2014-15 academic year.

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