Phi Kappa Phi Announces 2018 Literacy Grant Recipients

Jul 17, 2018

Phi Kappa Phi is excited to announce its 2018 Literacy Grant recipients. The grants of up to $2,500 were awarded to 13 Phi Kappa Phi members across the nation.

The Literacy Grant Program, established in 2003, provides funding to Phi Kappa Phi chapters and active members for new and ongoing projects that reinforce part of the Society's mission "to engage the community of scholars in service to others." Drawing from a multidisciplinary society of students and scholars from large and small institutions, the grants help fund projects ranging from traditional reading initiatives to those that foster learning in cultural, digital, financial, health, historical literacy and beyond.

The 2018 recipients and their respective projects are:

  • Dr. Mary Elizabeth Ambery, Born to Read
  • Terry Atkinson, Community Literacy Engagement: Imagination Library Kindergarten Impact Study
  • Tina Chaseley, Connecting the Lives of Diverse Populations with Multicultural Literature
  • Dr. Lisa Taylor Cook, Children's Libraries for Childcare Programs Servicing Low-Income Families
  • Steve Elliott, Measurement Literacy Enrichment Program
  • Amanda J. Hardesty, Ready for Reading
  • Benjamin Jacob, My Story Matters
  • Dr. Christophe Konkobo, Candy for the Mind
  • Christina McIntyre, Skill UP NRV: Neighbors Helping Neighbors
  • Amy C. Nickless, Book Club Kits for Adult Literacy
  • Bethanie C. Pletcher, Islanders Helping the Early Acceleration of Readers Together (iHeart)
  • Hannatu Jumai Sadiq, Ebira Community Cultural Center
  • Kathleen Tice, Open Door Preschool Project

"Phi Kappa Phi is pleased to see a broad diversity in the projects awarded Literacy Grants this year," said Society Executive Director Dr. Mary Todd. "Literacy, by definition about more than reading alone, is knowledge of a particular subject. Phi Kappa Phi members’ love of learning is central to the successful transmission of knowledge, whatever the subject."

The winning projects were selected for a grant based on a number of criteria including the project’s scope, student and community involvement, impact, duration and ability to achieve success.

Literacy Grants are part of the Society’s robust award programs, which give $1.4 million each biennium to outstanding students and members through study abroad grants, graduate fellowships, funding for post-baccalaureate development and member and chapter awards.

To learn more about this year’s recipients and projects, please visit