Phillips 66 awards $1.5 million grant to Rice University to improve early childhood literacy

Houston-area teachers and students to benefit from contribution

HOUSTON – (Oct. 17, 2013) – Phillips 66 (NYSE:PSX), an energy manufacturing and logistics company, is awarding a $1.5 million grant over three years to Rice University’s School Literacy and Culture project (SLC) to help improve literacy among children in the Houston area.

SLC, a part of Rice’s Susanne M. Glasscock School of Continuing Studies, and Phillips 66 are partnering to solve the problem of illiteracy among youths in the Houston area by developing the Early Literacy Leadership Academy. This new center for expert teaching will help teachers gain expertise as innovators who promote higher-order thinking skills, second-language learning and relationships that impact children’s self-regulation and autonomy.

The Early Literacy Leadership Academy will consist of 40 teachers identified through an intensive application and interview process; they will participate in two-and-a-half years of intensive classroom and seminar-based education and leadership training designed to help them become innovative thinkers, learners and leaders on their own campuses and within the Greater Houston community.

“We look forward to coupling Rice University’s long-standing tradition of excellence in education with Phillips 66’s commitment to community as we create this innovative forum for developing early childhood teacher leaders,” said Karen Capo, director of Rice’s School Literacy and Culture project. “Together we will think critically about educational practices serving our community’s children, teachers and families and explore ways to make them more effective.”

SLC marks its 25th anniversary at a celebration to be held at 5:30 p.m. today at Rice Memorial Center’s Grand Hall, 6100 Main St. The grant and creation of the Early Literacy Leadership Academy will be recognized during the event.

“Phillips 66 is committed to improving lives through a deep commitment to the communities where we live and work,” said Karen Tripp, Phillips 66 vice president of communications and public affairs. “Through our partnership with Rice University’s School Literacy and Culture project, our efforts to support literacy will provide Houston-area teachers with the skills needed to develop the highly talented workforce of the future.”

About Phillips 66
Built on more than 130 years of experience, Phillips 66 is a growing energy manufacturing and logistics company with high-performing Midstream, Chemicals, Refining, and Marketing and Specialties businesses. This diverse portfolio enables Phillips 66 to capture opportunities in the changing energy landscape. Headquartered in Houston, the company has 13,500 employees who are committed to operating excellence and safety. Phillips 66 had $50 billion of assets as of June 30, 2013. For more information, visit or follow us on Twitter @Phillips66Co.

About Rice University
Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,708 undergraduates and 2,374 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice has been ranked No. 1 for best quality of life multiple times by the Princeton Review and No. 2 for “best value” among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to

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Dean Acosta (Phillips 66 media)

Jeff Falk (Rice University media relations)

About Jeff Falk

Jeff Falk is associate director of national media relations in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.