Elmhurst University student wins Phi Kappa Phi scholarship to support literacy project


Allison Skiple, a student at Elmhurst University, was recently awarded a 2022 Literacy Scholarship by the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines .

A rising senior from Des Plaines, Skiple was one of 13 nominees nationally to receive the award. The $2,500 grant will be used to support the York Literacy Project, a collaborative project between Elmhurst University’s Service Learning Program and the York Community Resource Center in Lombard.

The York Literacy Project aims to foster literacy skills, including reading, writing, spelling and comprehension, among underserved primary school students at the York Community Resource Centre. The project connects after-school students from the Resource Center with students from Elmhurst University majoring in Communication Sciences and Disorders and/or Spanish. Elmhurst students are tutors who emphasize literacy and biculturalism. The literacy grant will be used to purchase new books, supplies and materials to continue to strengthen all aspects of literacy.

“I’m so grateful to have received this grant,” said Skiple, who specializes in communication science and disorders. “I am so excited to see the children I serve thrive and grow as readers and writers. My mission is to inspire and develop the leaders of tomorrow by helping them build their confidence and understand everything that matters. ‘they can offer the world.

Skiple is inducted into the Phi Kappa Phi Chapter of Elmhurst University in 2022. His efforts to seek funds for education embody the honor society’s mission, “to recognize and promote academic excellence in all areas of higher education and to engage the scholarly community in service to others,” said said Ayanna Brown, associate professor of education at Elmhurst University. who is also President of the Phi Kappa Phi Chapter of Elmhurst.


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