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Dry awarded STAR Scholarship

By Staff | Jun 26, 2019

PHOTO PROVIDED Members of Chapter FV of P.E.O. International celebrate Dahlia Dry being awarded a P.E.O. STAR Scholarship. From left, Karen Storjohann, Alison Dry, Dahlia Dry and chapter President Gwenda Hiett-Clements.

Dahlia Dry is the recipient of the P.E.O. STAR Scholarship for the 2018-2019 academic year.

She is a recent graduate of Fort Myers High School, where she achieved the highest GPA of all Lee County high school graduates. Dry will attend MIT in the fall to study astrophysics.

She is the daughter of Alison and Blaine Dry, of Sanibel and Fort Myers.

The P.E.O. STAR Scholarship is based on excellence in leadership, extracurricular activities, community service, academic achievement and potential for future success. Dry was recommended by Chapter FV of P.E.O. International. Linda Uhler and Karen Storjohann chair the chapter’s STAR Scholarship committee.

According to the chapter, it is fitting that Dry is a STAR scholar because she truly has her future focused on the stars. She intends to become a research scientist working in computational astrophysics with the goal of making astronomy accessible to the general public.

For her research on the concept, Dry received a first-place award at the 63rd Annual State Science and Engineering Fair of Florida, a second place on the national level at the NASA-sponsored Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, and a fourth place in physics and astronomy at the international level competition. Her project also won her the Best of Fair Award at the 2018 Thomas Alva Edison Kiwanis Science and Engineering Fair.

Dry is a role model and strong leader in school and in her community. Her goal is to inspire other young women to share her passion for science and math.

P.E.O. – Philanthropic Educational Organization – is an international philanthropic and educational organization which promotes increased educational opportunities for women. For more information, visit peointernational.org.