Dr. Mary Beth Reynolds, associate vice president for assessment and quality initiatives, recently was awarded a 2015 Literacy Grant from The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi—the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Reynolds is one of 14 recipients nationwide to receive the award.
The $2,500 grant will be used to support a two-tier literacy program at St. John’s House in Huntington. The program, developed through a key partnership with Marshall University, strives to improve the literacy skills of children aged 3-18 living in a local subsidized housing community.
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.” Applicants, who represent a multidisciplinary society of students and scholars from large and small institutions, are encouraged to consider literacy projects that have creative relevance to their disciplines and the needs of their communities.
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 32,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni annually. 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 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.”