Women's Studies graduate student awarded with peace scholarship, plans to improve women's health in Egypt | Women's & Gender Studies

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June 26, 2012

Women's Studies graduate student awarded with peace scholarship, plans to improve women's health in Egypt

UNT Women's Studies graduate student Hagar Abdo, who will earn her MS in Women's Studies next spring, has been awarded with a $10,000 Philanthropic Educational Organization (P.E.O.) International Peace Scholarship. The scholarship is honoring her academic achievements, including a perfect 4.0 GPA, as well as her accomplishments in the advancement of women's health.

P.E.O. was founded in 1869 to promote women's education and empowerment. The scholarship program began in 1949 to advance international women graduate students who are making significant strides for humanity. The organization recognizes students throughout the U.S. and Canada through higher education scholarship programs.

Abdo's family has created a legacy of working for progress in women's lives. Her father is a gynecologist and obstetrician, and her mother works in education in her hometown of Aswan in southern Egypt. Abdo is focusing on women's health in her degree, and is conducting research on postpartum depression in underprivileged communities. After she completes her degree, she plans to return to Aswan to continue her work in this area.

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