Young mom wins grant for continuing education


Bound and determined to make a better life for 2-year-old daughter Kira and herself, Dana Grieb took a job at Home Depot and teaches Jazzercise. Through her work, the Walla Walla resident funded her associate of arts degree from Walla Walla Community College and now commutes weekly with Kira to classes at Central Washington University where she’s earning a bachelor’s in accounting.

Oregon PEO Chapter EV recently surprised the young woman with a $1,500 Program for Continuing Education Grant. EV member Blanche Mason also said Dana received $12,000 from the PEO Educational Loan Fund in October.

“Her energy level is amazing — attending school full time, earning straight A’s, commuting weekly, teaching three Jazzercise classes and being a full-time mother,” Blanche observed.

While in Ellensburg, Dana bicycles 8 miles round trip to and from the university, towing Kira in a bike trailer.

During the foul weather of winter term, she is renting a parking space, an expense covered by the PCE grant, Blanche said.

“Dana is also blessed to have a supportive mother whose ongoing care contributes to her success. Chapter EV is pleased to support such an inspirational young woman. (We’re) certain she will be an asset to the accounting profession once she receives her degree,” Blanche said.

The international philanthropic educational organization helps women of all ages achieve their educational goals through the provision of scholarships, grants and educational loans. PEO owns, maintains and supports Cottey College in Nevada, Mo., an independent, liberal arts and sciences college for women with two-year and selected four-year programs.

For more details, contact Blanche at 541-938-5126 or


Justbeinghonest 10 months, 1 week ago

Dana Is a very deserving young mother. She is not a sit back and be poor me she wants more for she and her daughter. Very proud of her.


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