Stewart wins P.E.O. Scholar Award

Staff Writer
Pawhuska Journal-Capital

Caroline Courtney-Stewart, a Juris Doctorate candidate class of 2015 at the University of Virginia School of Law, is one of 85 doctoral students nationwide selected to receive a $15,000 Scholar Award from the P.E.O. Sisterhood.

She was sponsored by Chapter P of Pawhuska.

Caroline is the daughter of Sue and Ron Courtney of Bartlesville. She is a 2012 summa cum laude graduate of Texas Tech University. At Texas Tech, Caroline received numerous awards—the Investigative Reporters and Editors 2011 National Investigative Reporting Award; the Society of Professional Journalism’s National Mark of Excellence Award; the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association Journalism Award; Dr. Gerald Lage Award (Big XII Conference’s highest academic honor); and Greek Freshman of the Year Award. In addition, Caroline played all four years for the Texas Tech volleyball team, and she represented the team on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. During most of her time at Tech, she wrote for the school newspaper, The Daily Toreador. In the spring of 2011 she interned for Republican U.S. Congressman Randy Neugebauer and interned in 2012 as an assistant producer for Lubbock’s Fox 34 News. Caroline is a member of Mortar Board and Kappa Alpha Theta sorority.

At the University of Virginia School of Law, Caroline is a member of the Virginia Law Review and Law Christian Fellowship. She is a summer associate with the law firm, Vinson and Elkins, in Houston, Texas, and Washington, D.C. Upon graduation, Caroline will clerk for federal judge, The Honorable James O. Browning in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

The P.E.O. Scholar Awards was established in 1991 to provide substantial merit-based awards for women of the United States and Canada who are pursuing a doctoral level degree at an accredited college or university.

The P.E.O. Sisterhood, founded in January 21, 1869, at Iowa Wesleyan College, Mount Pleasant, Iowa, is a philanthropic educational organization interested in bringing increased opportunities for higher education to women. There are approximately 6,000 local chapters in the United States and Canada with nearly a quarter of a million active members.