Federica Wilhelm, an undergraduate student at UMUC, has been awarded a Phi Kappa Phi Literacy Grant for her project on social justice.
Inducted into the UMUC chapter of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi earlier this year, Wilhelm is currently finishing up her bachelor's degree in English. Her project, titled SoJust: Azine on Social Justice Literacy, aims to produce a literary publication by teens and young adults in Princeton, New Jersey, to advocate, educate, and inspire readers on issues of gender, civil rights, discrimination, and inequality. SoJust stems from a collaboration between the Bayard Rustin Center for Social Justice, the Princeton Public Library, and is made possible by the Literacy Grant, which will allow for workshops, publication, and a wider reach in the community.
Phi Kappa Phi is an honor society that promotes the pursuit of excellence in all fields of higher education. It awards grants of up to $2500 to Phi Kappa Phi members to fund ongoing literacy projects or to create new initiatives. Students from universities around the country compete for these grants every year. The winning literacy projects were selected for a grant based on a number of criteria, including the project's scope, student and community involvement, impact, duration, and ability to achieve success.