Dr. Mary Elizabeth Ambery, associate professor of human environmental studies at Southeast Missouri State University, recently was awarded a 2016 Literacy Grant from The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi—the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Ambery is one of 16 recipients nationwide to receive the award.
The $2,500 grant will be used to support the Born to Read Program, which provides a new book to every baby born in the Cape Girardeau, Mo., area each year. As part of the program, local hospitals are provided with books to be given to parents as they leave with their newborn baby. Each book contains a congratulatory note from the Southeast Missouri State University chapter of Phi Kappa Phi discussing the importance of literacy. The letter encourages parents to continuously read to their children to cultivate a love of reading and learning. Since its creation in 2001, the program has touched more than 30,000 families.
The Phi Kappa Phi Literacy Grant program was established in 2003 to provide funding to Phi Kappa Phi chapters and active members for ongoing projects or new initiatives that reinforce part of the Society’s mission “to engage the community of scholars in service to others.” Drawing from a multi-disciplinary Society of students and scholars from large and small institutions, applicants are encouraged to consider literacy projects that have creative relevance to their disciplines and the needs of their communities.
In addition to literacy grants, Phi Kappa Phi’s robust award programs give more than $1 million each biennium to qualifying students and members through graduate fellowships, undergraduate study abroad grants, and member and chapter awards. To learn more about the award and grant programs, visit www.PhiKappaPhi.org/Awards.
About Phi Kappa Phi
Founded in 1897, Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Phi Kappa Phi inducts approximately 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni each year. The Society has chapters at more than 300 select colleges and universities in North America and the Philippines. Membership is by invitation only to the top 10 percent of seniors and graduate students and 7.5 percent of second-term juniors. Faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction also qualify. The Society’s mission is “to recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and to engage the community of scholars in service to others.” For more information about Phi Kappa Phi, visit www.PhiKappaPhi.org.