Phi Kappa Phi Announces Winners of National Book Drive Competition

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The competition saw participation from 22 Phi Kappa Phi chapters across the country with a total of more than 7,000 donated books and $1,200 in monetary donations.

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“I'm so happy that I was invited to be a part of this project because I can see that it has and will continue to make a difference in people's lives – one book at a time,” said Rebecca Meza, student vice president.

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi—the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society—today announced the winners of its annual book drive competition.

The competition, held between February 1 and April 30, saw participation from 22 Phi Kappa Phi chapters across the country with a total of more than 7,000 donated books and $1,200 in monetary donations. Established in 2014, Phi Kappa Phi created the event as a way to promote literacy in the communities and campuses served by its chapters.

The four winning chapters whose drives collected the most donations were:

  •     California State University, Chico
  •     University of Missouri–Kansas City
  •     University of Missouri–St. Louis
  •     Western Illinois University

The winning chapters will receive a Little Free Library to place at a location of their choice. The Little Free Library is a freestanding box where anyone can donate and borrow books in an effort to promote literacy throughout communities—a prize that fits well with the Society’s love of learning and literacy.

“I'm so happy that I was invited to be a part of this project because I can see that it has and will continue to make a difference in people's lives – one book at a time,” said Rebecca Meza, student vice president of the University of Missouri–St. Louis chapter.

Other Phi Kappa Phi chapters that hosted a book drive as part of the competition include Caldwell University, Eastern Kentucky University, Fort Hayes State University, Framingham State University, George Mason University, Ithaca College, Jacksonville University, Louisiana State University, Lycoming College, Murray State University, North Dakota State University, Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi, University of North Carolina Charlotte, University of Florida, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, The University of Tennessee, University of Wyoming and Youngstown State University.

Since its creation, Phi Kappa Phi’s annual book drive competition has donated more than 35,000 books to organizations both locally and abroad. Organizations that have received donated books as part of the competition include schools, libraries, hospitals, correctional centers, tutoring and mentoring programs, shelters and more.

To learn more about Phi Kappa Phi, visit http://www.PhiKappaPhi.org.

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 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni annually. The Society has chapters on 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 http://www.phikappaphi.org.

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