Q. What is Phi Theta Kappa?
A. Phi Theta Kappa is the international honor society for two-year colleges and universities. Our chapter is Beta Epsilon Iota, and we are recognized as a distinguished chapter officer team in the Greater Northwest Region, which spans five states and Alberta, Canada.
With over 1,200 chapters and two million members worldwide, Phi Theta Kappa awarded more than 37 million in scholarships last year.
Q. What do I have to do to join?
A. If you have at least a 3.6 cumulative gpa (meaning your overall grade point average) then you are eligible to join.
Q. What are the expectations once I join Phi Theta Kappa?
A. Because it is an honor society and you have earned your right to be a member by virtue of your hard work and grades, you may join outright by paying the $75 membership fee.
There is no further screening process. Please participate in service projects to the extent your life allows. We have many students juggling jobs, families, and school who make time for service through Phi Theta Kappa and find the experience enhances their resumes and strengthens their connections on campus. It also enhances your ability compete for local, national, and international scholarships.
You also will have access to online leadership development and a worldwide network for college searches, scholarships, and networking.
You can stay connected to SCC members online. Through ANGEL, you can volunteer for service opportunities, hear about scholarships, and sign up for workshops.
Q. I also received an invitation letter to join a group called NSLS. They also charge $75. What's the difference?
A. NSLS stands for National Society for Leadership and Success. It is a leadership organization that helps students develop leadership skills. The gpa cutoff for NSLS is 3.3. Phi Theta Kappa's cutoff is 3.6, and Phi Theta Kappa is the original honor society founded by college presidents and sanctioned by the American Association of Community Colleges.
Students may join both groups if they have the time and the money.
Q. How do I get transfer scholarships through Phi Theta Kappa?
A. The Common Application, used by over 400 colleges and universities, will automatically advance you into the running for scholarships just for being a Phi Theta Kappa member.
Local options for Phi Theta Kappa scholarships include Gonzaga and Eastern. You may also apply for scholarships specifically for PTK members by registering at my.ptk.org once you are a member.
PTK-specific scholarships are competitive. Your chances are greatly enhanced by being an active member at the local level, as well as the regional and international arena.
Q. What if I don't plan to transfer to a four-year school? What good is it to join?
A. Employers love to see Phi Theta Kappa honor society membership on resumes regardless of the degree because it is a recognized benchmark for academic success. They also know members are active in leadership, service, and scholarship.
And because there is an increasing demand for technically trained students with bachelor's degrees, most students will work toward a bachelor's in their lifetime. Scholarships become a viable way to pay for school.
Q. When is the best time to join?
A. It is ideal to join if you are still in your first year of studies at SCC, so you have at least another year available for community service, applying for scholarships, and educational planning.
In addition, you could run for office to serve in an upcoming term as president, vice president of scholarship, vice president of service, vice president of leadership, vice president of fellowship, secretary/communication officer, or treasurer.
Q. Who can I contact for more information?
A. Email chapter advisors Rob Vogel at Rob.Vogel@scc.spokane.edu, or Angela Finnie at Angela.Finnie@scc.spokane.edu.
You can also visit www.ptk.org.