Support Students

State Resources for P.E.O.s

Adopt-A-Suite and Adopt-A-Student Programs

The adopt-a-student/suite program is coordinated by the individual state/district/provincial Cottey committees. The Office of P.E.O. Relations and the Student Life Offices at Cottey do not have information regarding the assigning of students and suites. All questions regarding these programs should be addressed to the state Cottey chairmen or advisors. Please note: the College does not maintain records of which students/suites are sponsored more heavily than others.

Meet a current student who was recently adopted by a chapter in Texas.

Chapter Resources for P.E.O.s

How to Give to and Support Your Student

Sending Funds to Students

Monetary gifts of $50.00 or more to a student may impact her financial aid package. This does not apply to gift cards or Cottey Cash.

States may now set up a fund for “emergency needs.” Please call the office of Institutional Advancement, at 417-667-6333, ext. 2120 to find out more information on how your chapters can put money into a fund that will go towards special needs such as a trip to the dentist, special school supplies, or personal athletic equipment. Funds may be designated specifically for your students!

Please notify the Office of P.E.O. Relations if a student contacts you requesting money. The College will assess the student’s needs and will proceed accordingly.

Support Ideas

Cottey’s student body is made up of students from over 40 states and 15 foreign countries, so many students are a long way from home. Hearing from P.E.O. s from their states can be a great way to help students keep connected to home and reduce homesickness. Most Cottey students are in their late teens and early twenties, so keep in mind young people’s tastes when compiling your care package. Here are some suggestions for keeping connected:

  • Send birthday cards.
  • Send care packages.
  • Students really appreciate receiving the following items:
    • snack food, such as single-serving microwavable macaroni and cheese, chips, breakfast bars, crackers, candy, gum, and cookies
    • spiral notebooks, pens, scotch tape
    • body lotions, hair products (shampoos, conditioners, gels)
    • coffee, tea, and beverage mixes
    • laundry detergent and softener
    • stamps
    • laundry pods
    • dryer sheets
  • Students also appreciate bookstore gift certificates. In addition to books, the Cottey bookstore has a variety of merchandise including clothing, bags, cups, and much more! Order gift certificates from Cottey’s bookstore by calling, 417-667-8181, x 2154.
  • Purchase a gift card to from one of the national chain restaurants that students have in Nevada. The following national chains are located in Nevada and accept gift certificates: Domino’s Pizza, Pizza Hut, McDonald’s, Burger King, Sonic and Walmart. You may purchase these gift cards at your home store and mail the certificate to the student. The closest Starbucks and Target locations are 60 miles south.

Here is a new list of ideas for care packages!

How to Order Cottey Cash for Students

Cottey Cash may be used on campus in the Chellie Club, Raney Dining Room, for purchases only in the Bookstore, or to purchase chartered bus tickets to/from the Kansas City airport. Cottey Cash “dollars” are gift certificates that carry no cash value. They are not redeemable for cash. No credit or change will be given on unused portion of certificate.

There are two ways to order Cottey Cash!

Credit card orders may be placed by completing the online order form, click on the following link: You will receive an email confirmation of your purchase.

Or, send a check made payable to Cottey College to: Office of P.E.O. Relations, Cottey College, 1000 W. Austin, Nevada, MO 64772. Be sure to write “Cottey Cash” and the name of the student or suite on the memo line of the check.

The Office of P.E.O. Relations will process the check and place the Cottey Cash in campus mail. If you wish to send cards along with the check for the Cottey Cash, please mail the cards and check to the Office of P.E.O. Relations and the office will insert the Cottey Cash into the cards and send them through campus mail.

ALL correspondence should include a contact number in the event that the Office of P.E.O. Relations has questions for the sender.

Sending Mail and Packages

Due to student privacy laws, the College is not allowed to release the home addresses of students attending Cottey College. Current student lists are given to state Cottey chairmen and these lists are updated throughout the year to reflect room changes, semesters abroad, and withdrawals. Due to student privacy laws, the College cannot release information pertaining to a student’s decision to withdraw from the College.

To ensure delivery, send packages between September 1 and December 1 for the fall semester and from January 15 to May 1 for the spring semester. Students are away from campus during spring break, which is typically the first two weeks in March. Be sure to include a return address on the package to make it easier for the student or suite to send a thank you note.

Addressing Mail to an Individual Student

When addressing mail to an individual student, please format the address as:

Student Name
Residence Hall
1000 W. Austin
Nevada, MO 64772
Example: Jane Austin
Robertson Hall
1000 W. Austin
Nevada, MO 64772

Addressing Mail to Suites

When addressing mail to an entire suite, the package should be addressed as follows.

Suite Name
Residence Hall
1000 W. Austin
Nevada, MO 64772
Example: Oklahoma Suite
Robertson Hall
1000 W. Austin
Nevada, MO 64772

Addressing Mail to Commuter (non-residential) Students

All mail for commuter (non-residential) students should be addressed:

Student Name
1000 W. Austin
Nevada, MO 64772
– Please forward

Current Students and Their Relationship with Emily Post

Thank you for supporting Cottey students! Please consider including a stamped envelope with the name and address of the P.E.O. Sister that should receive the “Thank You” for the gift. The College does not have access to P.E.O.  Membership records and will address any unknown mail to the chapter president or state Cottey committee chairman.

Finals week packages

Purchase finals week packages through the office of student life at 417-667-8181, x 2126 or The cost is $20. Packages include chips, nuts, cheese and crackers, macaroni and cheese, granola bars, stress-reduction toys, and a big apple or orange. Packages are distributed in December and May. Proceeds from the sale of finals week packages support an annual scholarship for Cottey students. Click here for the Student Life Care Package order form.

State Cottey Committee Chairmen and Advisors

You will be able to find your state/district/provincial Cottey Chairmen and Advisor information on your state/district/provincial website.

Historic Distribution of Students by State (PDF)

Admission Representative for Your State

Suggested P.E.O. Scholarship Timeline

Thank you for all you do to help make a Cottey education affordable for our students. We recognize that each S/P/D has their own way of deciding and distributing scholarship funds and are very grateful for your efforts. Listed below are a few suggestions to help align your award schedule with the timeframe in which students receive financial aid information from the colleges they are considering. We hope this information will be helpful to you as you perform your volunteer duties.

If you are responsible for awarding P.E.O. scholarships to Cottey students, this information is for you even if you don’t have the title of Scholarship Chairman. If you have questions, please contact the Cottey financial aid office at 417-667-8181 ext. 2190 or by email at

Scholarship Applications:

  • November to January – distribute scholarship applications for following academic year.
  • February – review submitted applications and make award decisions.
  • March 1 (or as soon as possible) – email the Cottey financial aid office the scholarship award winners. Please include student names and scholarship amounts. It may be helpful to include a spreadsheet if scholarships are coming from multiple funds/sources.
  • April to August – email the Cottey financial aid office if there are any changes to the original scholarship awards. Complete all of the necessary steps to request funds, especially funds held at P.E.O. Foundation. Case history forms must be submitted electronically to the Foundation. Questions? Call the Foundation at 515-255-3153.

Authorizing Disbursement of Scholarship Funds:

  • Late August for fall semester AND early January for spring semester – authorize disbursement of scholarship funds to Cottey.
    • For funds held by State Chapter – contact the treasurer/appropriate officer in your state to have funds disbursed to Cottey. To verify enrollment of students, contact the financial aid office. Checks should be made payable to Cottey College and sent to the financial aid office with a listing of student names and amounts so the funds can be applied correctly.
    • For funds held at P.E.O. Foundation – the Foundation will verify enrollment of the students directly with Cottey prior to disbursement.

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