Phi Kappa Phi Announces 2021 Literacy Grant Recipients

Alyssa Papa
Jun 24, 2021

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi today announced its 2021 Literacy Grant recipients. The grants of up to $2,500 were awarded to 12 Phi Kappa Phi members across the nation.

The Literacy Grant Program, established in 2003, is part of the Society’s robust awards program, which gives more than $1 million each year to outstanding students and members through study abroad grants, graduate fellowships, funding for post-baccalaureate development and member and chapter awards. 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 fostering learning in cultural, digital, health, historical literacy and beyond.

The 2021 recipients and their respective projects are:

  • Terry S. Atkinson, Community Literacy Engagement: Imagination Library in a High Poverty North Carolina County
  • Sandra Campbell, Middle Tennessee State University Little Free Libraries
  • Dave Frantzreb, The Love of Reading
  • Shelby L. Garner, Innovation in Digital Learning through an E-Café to Improve Health Literacy among Nursing Students in India
  • Mollie Hartup, Honors Helping Future Scholars
  • Kelli Hunsucker, Promoting Literacy in Kindergarten Children through Ocean Themed Books and Virtual Story Times
  • Dilpreet Kaeley, Rx for Inclusive and Early Literacy
  • Will Porter, Music Workshops in Juvenile Detention Centers in Wisconsin, Illinois, and Ethiopia
  • Aaron Ragsdale, Rabbit Readers
  • Muthukrishnan Sathyamoorthy, Born-to-Read Project for East Texas
  • Judy Stiles, Joplin Neighborhood Adult Literacy Action Read Student Success Program
  • Melissa Williams, The Art of Empowerment: Building Social-Emotional Learning Through Art

“Phi Kappa Phi is pleased to support these worthwhile and wide-ranging literacy programs. We applaud the efforts of our Phi Kappa Phi members who identify needs in their communities and seek to help in a variety of ways through these projects,” said acting Society Executive Director, Traci Navarre.

The winning literacy 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.

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