Two Woodstock residents receive grants to help pursue advanced degrees

Emilee Eidee pursuing degree in homeopathy and Mary Iversen studying for master’s degree in psychology and counseling

Woodstock residents Emilee Eidee and Mary Iversen were awarded continuing education grants from P.E.O, a philanthropic organization that seeks to help women achieve their educational goals.

The women were sponsored by P.E.O. Chapter MC of Woodstock, according to a news release.

Eidee is a student at Northwestern Academy of Homeopathy, according to the release. She is a board-certified reflexologist, treating patients with a variety of illnesses, such as cancer, physical injuries, migraines and stress-related illnesses since 2010. She also teaches reflexology.

A degree in homeopathy will allow her to do more teaching and mentoring, and her ultimate goal is to create a center for healing and learning, according to the release.

Iversen is pursuing a master’s degree in psychology and counseling at the Seattle School of Theology and Psychology in Seattle, Washington, according to the release. She holds a bachelor’s degree in mental health and human services and has a passion for working with those in need, especially women survivors of traumatic experiences.

The P.E.O. Program for Continuing Education was established in 1973 to provide need-based grants to women in the U.S. and Canada whose education has been interrupted and who find it necessary to return to school to support themselves and their families.