P.E.O. Chapter JH has awarded Brooke Burton, daughter of Howard and Shelly Burton, its $500 Chapter JH Scholarship, established in 2006 as a local philanthropic project and awarded to a graduating high school woman who exemplifies the ideals of the P.E.O. Sisterhood.

P.E.O. Chapter JH has awarded Brooke Burton, daughter of Howard and Shelly Burton, its $500 Chapter JH Scholarship, established in 2006 as a local philanthropic project and awarded to a graduating high school woman who exemplifies the ideals of the P.E.O. Sisterhood. Qualifications for this scholarship include academic standing, school activities, leadership skills, community and volunteer service and enrollment in a higher education institution.

Burton was an active member of the HHS Dance Team, winning soloist awards at the St. Charles Dance Competition, the William Jewell Dance Competition and Missouri State Dance Team Competition. She was Dance Team co-captain 2015-2017 and captain as a senior. She was also on the Hannibal High School Student Council all four years, acting as president her senior year. Other activities included senior class secretary, sophomore class secretary, National Technical Honor Society, Key Club, HHS Transformers, Espancais, Natural Helpers, Skills USA, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and Drama Club. She was on the Board of Directors of Interact Club, a Rotary International service club. She also served as president of the National Honor Society and the Pre-Medical Professionals Club and treasurer of the Future Business Leaders of America. She was the 2013 fall freshman homecoming attendant and became the Winter Senior Homecoming Queen in 2016. Brooke was named HHS Student of the Month in September 2013 and Student of the Year in 2017.

Academically, Burton ranked 2/221 with a weighted 4.8 GPA while earning 30 hours of dual-enrollment college credits. She was on the “A” Honor Roll throughout high school. She was a Missouri Scholars Academy Nominee, a three-week academic program for 330 of Missouri’s most gifted students and also attended Mizzou Mini Medical School, a one-week experience designed to give students a preview of medical school.

In addition to the Chapter JH Scholarship, Brooke was awarded the prestigious P.E.O. STAR Scholarship, a $2,500 scholarship established in 2009 to provide scholarships to exceptional high school senior women to attend accredited postsecondary educational institutions in the United States and Canada in the next academic year. Applicants must be sponsored by a P.E.O. chapter and are evaluated on excellence in leadership, academics, extracurricular activities, community service and potential for future success.

The P.E.O. Sisterhood is an international philanthropic organization where women celebrate the advancement of women and motivate women to achieve their highest aspirations by helping educate women through scholarships, grants, awards, loans and the stewardship of Cottey College in Nevada, Missouri.