Future nursing student earns $1,000 Enumclaw P.E.O. scholarship

Diana Fernandez-Renteria will be attending Green River Community College to work toward her CNA.

The Enumclaw P.E.O. chapter has awarded its scholarship for the 2021-2022 academic year to Diana Fernandez-Renteria, a 2022 graduate of Enumclaw High School who plans to become a registered nurse.

The award, which is based on academic success, involvement in school activities, school leadership and community involvement, is presented each year to a qualifying graduating young woman.

Fernandez-Renteria plans to study at Green River Community College to complete her prerequisite classes and earn her degree as a licensed practitioner while working as a CNA. She then plans to transfer to a four-year university to complete her bachelor’s degree and follow her dream to become a registered nurse.

Being bilingual, Fernandez-Renteria said she wants to be able to help Spanish-speaking families face less stress and worry when they need to make visits to the hospital.

Fernandez-Renteria led the school Spanish Club and was also the president of the Future Healthcare Professionals club in her time at Enumclaw High School. She also did community service through Family, Career and Community Leaders of America, and the National Honor Society.

Last year, the award was given to Enumclaw grad Isabella Hoyer, a University of Washington student who competed at the state level in soccer and track in high school and was involved in the Honor Society and Interact, Spanish and Leadership clubs.

The P.E.O. Sisterhood, founded in 1869, is an international philanthropic and educational organization that promotes increased educational opportunities for women. There are nearly 6,000 local chapters in the U.S. and Canada, with nearly 250,000 members. The organization has provided more than $304 million in financial assistance to more than 102,000 recipients.

For more information about P.E.O. or the STAR Scholarship, visit peointernational.org.