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Pederson receives P.E.O. grant named for Dietz

By P.E.O. - | Feb 24, 2021

PHOTO PROVIDED Program for Continuing Education chairs Lynne Stern, left, and Maryanne Daly, right, with the Sanibel Chapter FV of P.E.O. International, meet with Bailley Pederson to award her a grant.

The Sanibel Chapter FV of P.E.O. International chose Bailley Pederson to receive a $1,000 grant named in the memory of chapter member Emma Lou “Emy” Dietz who passed away in 2020.

Dietz’s family requested that donations in her memory be made to the chapter. A member for over 60 years, Dietz was especially supportive of the P.E.O. Program for Continuing Education, which grants funds to women who have been in the work force and are returning to school to pursue a career.

Pederson is the food and beverage manager at The Sanctuary Golf Club on Sanibel. She is going back to school at Florida Gulf Coast University to pursue a Bachelor of Science in nursing.

“I am completely blessed and grateful for receiving this grant,” Pederson said. “It helps relieve so much stress and helps make it possible for me to continue my education without the financial burden.”

“I have always thought about being a nurse. The global pandemic is the little push I needed,” she added. “I was tired of sitting back and not being able to help people in this time of crisis. And my family and friends are my main motivation. The members at The Sanctuary are very motivating, as well. Everyone is happy to see me going back to school and supporting me through it all.”

Chapter member Kerry Salatino recommended Pederson for the grant.

“Bailley is the perfect candidate to represent P.E.O. and benefit from the organization’s desire to further women’s education. Bailley has proven her commitment to personal achievement through documented career advancements with her current employer, while also actively pursuing classes in nursing to make a career change,” she said. “She is pleasant, kindhearted and will be an asset to many people in the future.”

“Family and friends describe Emy as having a true zest for life, an interest in others and a lively sense of humor. With her bright red, curly hair and twinkle in her eye, she truly lit up the room and brought a smile to your face,” chapter President Gwenda Hiett-Clements added. “It is so fitting that Bailley was chosen to receive the funds from Emy’s memorials. Bailley is truly a bright light also. She is a delightful young lady who is destined to make a difference in people’s lives.”

Most grants from P.E.O. International, a philanthropic organization that provides funds for women’s education, are awarded to recipients nominated by local chapters and funded by annual donations from its chapters. For more information, visit http://www.peointernational.org.