Recent Graduate Receives Phi Kappa Phi Literacy Grant

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Recent Eastern Kentucky University graduate Travis Martin was one of 14 individuals nationwide to receive a 2011 Literacy Grant from The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.

Martin, a military veteran who completed a master’s degree in English with an emphasis in literature, serves as editor of “The Journal of Military Experience,”which recently published its first issue – a compilation of 29 stories, poems and artwork from 19 Eastern students who have served in the military.  

The Phi Kappa Phi grant will help more veterans share their stories with the rest of the world by expanding the scope and printing of a second volume.

“The Journal of Military Experience”provides veterans “with a cathartic, healing way to share their stories and educate the community about the nature of military service,” Martin said. He intends to expand the scope to include scholarly articles written from across all disciplines about military culture, combat, war literature, cognitive/behavioral/health sciences, and personal experiences of those who work directly with military veterans.

Martin, a Somerset native, will also be working with veterans living in nursing homes and assisted living facilities, in conjunction with Kentucky’s oral history project, to collect the stories of older generations of veterans. However, Martin said the primary focus will remain on providing student veterans with a chance to (re)define themselves after going from combat to the classroom.

Half the proceeds from the sale of “The Journal of Military Experience” go toward funding the next issue and half go toward Operation Veteran Success at EKU.

Operation Veteran Success is a combination of scholarships, retention programs, emergency relief funds, and other methods designed to help student veterans achieve success in higher education.

The Phi Kappa Phi Literacy Grants program was initiated in 2003 to provide an opportunity for campus chapters and individual members to reach out to local communities to share with them the love of learning. Drawing from a multidisciplinary society of students and scholars from large and small institutions located in both urban and rural communities, applicants are encouraged to consider literacy projects that have creative relevance to their disciplines and to the needs of their communities. Phi Kappa Phi has awarded more than $175,000 in literacy grants.

Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest, largest and most selective all-discipline honor society, inducting more than 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni each year.

Published on June 13, 2011