Wadena Chapter AG takes a stand for local women wanting to expand their horizons.

For almost a century the group has provided scholarships, loans, and grants for women wanting to pursue post-secondary education. Wadena Chapter AG utilizes scholarships and grants administered by the international chapter, Philanthropic Educational Organization or P.E.O.

This year, P.E.O. is celebrating 150 years of female empowerment. There are 230,000 active members across almost 6,000 chapters in the United States and Canada. The international chapter has helped thousands of women and has given more that $321 million in scholarships, grants and loans.

Recently, the Wadena Chapter helped Shari Nelson meet her education goals. Prior to returning to school, Nelson worked as a pharmacist technician. She reached a point in her life where she simply had to pursue her dream of working in the ministry. AG member, Laura Spilman worked with Nelson on securing funds from the organization to help her with the mounting costs of education. The chapter awarded Nelson with a $2,000 grant to help with education expenses. She attended United Theological Seminary in St. Paul and is now a pastor in New York Mills.

“The grant offered me an opportunity to pursue a call that required learning at an academic level that is not without extensive financial cost. In turn, I hope I can pay it forward with kindness and thought through my call as a pastor in rural Minnesota,” Nelson said.

What’s Chapter AG?

AG stands for the order in which this chapter started. Chapters are assigned letters in consecutive order when they are chartered. The very first chapter was A and then B and so on. Chapter AG was organised in 1925 and at that time they were up to AG.