Chapter S PEO Sponsors Three Colorado State PEO Scholarship Recipients – The Fort Morgan Times

The motto of the Colorado State PEO Scholarship Fund (CSSF) is “Helping women achieve their goals”. During the 2021-2022 school year, the S PEO Chapter sponsored three Fort Morgan High School seniors for the Colorado State PEO Scholarship (CSSF), according to a press release.

The Colorado State Scholarship Fund was approved at the Colorado State Chapter Convention in June 2007 and established within the PEO Foundation also in 2007. The CSSF is funded by donations at the PEO Foundation.

The annual scholarship amount(s) is not less than $1,000 each, but the amount may increase based on foundation performance and donations to the scholarship. Scholarships are awarded annually and announced by April 30 each year.

The three Fort Morgan High School CSSF scholarship recipients include:

Khadro Abdi (courtesy photo)

Khadro Abdi

Khadro has been an active member in many activities and organizations. In FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America), she was vice president of memberships. She was also president of the Diversity Club, was a class officer, was a member of the National Honor Society, and participated in a youth group focusing her attention on programs dealing with various issues affecting youth in the community.

Khadro also has quite a long list of community involvement. She participates in Contigo, a college and career readiness program, acting as a peer mentor and leading activities with middle and high school students. She can also be found teaching English to elders and helping those in need by packing food at Rising Up (a local food pantry) or distributing food at the mobile food pantry. She is employed at Kids at Their Best, a nonprofit with a youth leadership program for low-income families. Through this program, she helps serve lunch in the summer and does various activities with children ages 6 to 11.

She currently holds a 3.8 GPA and earned college credit by taking multiple concurrent matriculation courses at Morgan Community College (MCC). She plans to major in biology in hopes of becoming a pediatric surgeon.

Bizen Gebremeskel (courtesy photo)
Bizen Gebremeskel (courtesy photo)

Bizen Gebremeskel

Bizen graduated from high school with a GPA of 3.71. She earned college credit by taking multiple concurrent matriculation courses at Morgan Community College.

In high school, Bizen was vice president of fundraising at FCCLA. She also participated in the Diversity Club, of which she was vice-president. She has held leadership positions with the FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America), serving as Vice President of Community Service.

As a junior, Bizen was inducted into the National Honor Society. She is also involved in the Family Leadership Training Institute program, where she hosted a community movie night. She has worked at Kids At Their Best for the past two years, helping with the food distribution program.

Bizen plans to continue her education at MCC and hopes to become a dental hygienist.

Samira Mohamud (courtesy photo)
Samira Mohamud (courtesy photo)

Samira Mohammad

Samira attended the Health Science and Technology (HST) program at Morgan Community College. In preparation for her career in the medical field, Samira obtained her nurse’s aide certificate.

Additionally, she is a mentor for the DreamKeepers project and the Contigo program. The DreamKeepers Project is a close-to-peer mentoring program for immigrant and refugee youth in Morgan County. Additionally, Contigo is a college and career readiness program for high school students. These experiences have allowed Samira to be a role model for her peers by helping answer questions they may have, helping with paperwork and sharing resources.

She is also involved in the Family Leadership Training Institute (FLTI). Her participation in FLTI helped her develop as a leader and learn more about civic engagement. Finally, Samira participated in the FMHS Diversity Club and was inducted into the National Honor Society.

Samira is participating in Colorado State University’s Bridge Scholars program, which allows her to participate in a residential college life experience this summer. She will be specializing in the anatomy/physiology of biomedical sciences this fall.

Chapter S PEO Sponsors Educational Loan Fund Recipient

Chapter S PEO also recently sponsored a recipient of educational loan funding from the Educational Loan Fund.

Brooke Bixenman (courtesy photo)
Brooke Bixenman (courtesy photo)

Brooke Bixenman

Chapter S PEO has learned from PEO International that Brooke Bixenman has received the Education Loan Fund (ELF) for the upcoming school year. Brooke is a graduate of Fort Hays State University, where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Physiology.

Prior to that, Brooke graduated from Colby Community College with a physical therapy assistant degree. She is in her second year working on her doctorate in physical therapy at St. Mary’s University in Leavenworth, Kansas.

After graduating, Brooke plans to start her career as a traveling physical therapist. His hopes are to help people recover from injuries, get relief from chronic pain, recover from surgeries, and improve movement mechanics in all of his patients.

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