Phi Kappa Phi Announces 2023 Literacy Grant Recipients

Alyssa Papa
Jun 19, 2023

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society, today announced its 2023 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 portfolio of award and grant programs, which gives $1.3 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 2023 recipients and their respective projects are:

  • Benjamin Conradt, Lead to Reach KC
  • Kippie Hartcraft, Closing Literacy Skills Gaps with the Study Buddy
  • Sarah Hogan, Add a Book!
  • Lis Jones-Moore, Mini Books to Guide Sixth Grade Novel Studies
  • Kristen Livingston, Joplin NALA Read Student Success and Retention Program
  • Jennifer Mann, Refugees Pursuing Education And Community Excellence
  • Tracee Matthias, B.R.I.D.G.E.S. Book Club
  • Meredith McKay, Families Read Aloud
  • Tiffany Parsons, Family Literacy
  • Bethanie Pletcher, Islanders Helping the Early Acceleration of Readers Together (iHeart) Part 2:  From Sustainment to Expansion
  • William Porter, Music Workshops in Addis Ababa Juvenile Detention Center, Ethiopia
  • Liberatus J. Rwebugisa, Project RISE: Rising Incomes for Socioeconomic Empowerment

“Phi Kappa Phi takes great satisfaction in supporting these valuable and diverse initiatives aimed at promoting literacy. We commend our members for their keen observation of community needs and their dedication to effecting positive change through a range of projects,” said Society Executive Director and CEO, Dr. Bradley R. Newcomer.

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