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July 9, 2015

Amoah receives Phi Kappa Phi Literacy Grant

Submitted by Communications and Marketing

Barbara Amoah, doctoral student in entomology, 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. Amoah is one of 14 recipients nationwide to receive the award.

The $1,000 grant will be used to support the A Book a Time project, which is a new initiative to inspire students to develop a love for reading, learning and writing. As part of the program, new and gently used books will be donated to government middle schools in Akim Achiase, a small farming community in southern Ghana, Africa. Students will be encouraged to read at least one book each month and submit a summary to enter into a monthly competition.

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 multidisciplinary 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.