Paulette Harris, Georgia Regents University’s Cree-Walker Professor of Education and director of GRU’s Literacy Center, has been 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. Harris is one of 14 recipients nationwide to receive the award.
The $2,450 grant will be used to support the Promoting Literacy through Puppet Plays project, which is a joint-effort program between the GRU Literacy Center, the GRU chapter of Phi Kappa Phi and three area childcare centers. The program is designed to build young children’s emergent literacy skills through dramatic play settings. As part of the program, children will engage in puppetry plays designed to enhance the development of early language skills including word recognition and vocabulary building.
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 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.” For more information, visit www.PhiKappaPhi.org.