Two young women from Wilton are the recent recipients of significant educational funding awards from the International P.E.O. (Philanthropic Educational Organization) sponsored by the Wilton, Chapter W. They were selected from hundreds of deserving candidates applying for the highly competitive P.E.O awards.
Anne McArdle, a 2014 Wilton High School graduate, and Lily Kepner, Wilton High School Class of 2019, have each received awards for their exceptional academic achievements, for their impactful contributions to their communities and for their proven leadership skills.
McArdle graduated magna cum laude with distinction in 2017 from Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y. Having just completed one year of teaching as a recreational leader at the National Ability Center in Park City, Utah, she will begin an intensive master’s degree program in special education next month at Lesley University in Waltham, Mass. This program will include teaching under a mentor during the day and taking classes in the evening.
McArdle has been involved in teaching in some form since 2013. She has tutored in several elementary school settings, A Better Chance Program, and as an intern with AmeriCorps

The daughter of Jennifer and Tyler Kepner of Rivergate Drive, Lily Kepner has been a high honors
student at Wilton High School every quarter from 2015 to the present and is president of the National Honor Society at the school. She received the 2018 AP Scholar award from the College Board of Distinction in addition to numerous other academic and community awards.
Active in the school newspaper club, Lily is one of six student columnists this year for the Wilton Bulletin and finds writing to be her passion. Lily plans to attend Boston University College of Communications in the fall concentrating in journalism with possible minors in neuroscience, psychology or documentary making, film/TV under consideration.
Among other pursuits, her volunteer activities include tutoring, volunteering at Saint Matthew’s Episcopal Church, the Wilton Pony Club, and the Wilton Children’s Theater.
P.E.O. is celebrating 150 years of women helping women achieve their goals through education. Since its inception in 1869, the nonprofit organization has helped more than 105,000 women pursue educational goals by providing more than $321 million in grants, scholarships, awards and loans along with the stewardship of Cottey College in Nevada, Mo. Through membership, the P.E.O. Sisterhood has brought together more than a half a million women in the United States and Canada who are passionate about helping women advance through education, while supporting and motivating them along the way.
In addition to the educational philanthropies, the P.E.O. sisterhood provides a framework of support and community for all members. To learn more about P.E.O. and its powerful educational philanthropies, visit ctpeo.org and peointernational.org.