Phi Theta Kappa helps students plan future

Another semester is underway and it’s time for students to plan for future academic success. There is a lot of assistance available for Richland students. Phi Theta Kappa is one option to consider.

Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) is a 100-year-old international academic honors society for community and junior college students. Most community colleges have a PTK chapter. Phi Theta Kappans come from different cultures that offer members the opportunity to experience international diversity.

PTK recognizes and encourages scholarship among two-year college students. “Phi Theta Kappa is not a fraternity or a sorority. It is an academic honor society,” said Jon Ewing, Richland PTK adviser.

PTK recognizes students for academic achievement, offers scholarships to four-year universities, presents opportunities for academic achievement, involvement in community service, stimulation for continuing academic excellence, international cultural experiences and opportunities to attend events across the country.

Members of PTK in good standing have access to many scholarship opportunities.

“These come in primarily two formats: the Phi Theta Kappa scholarship, which many four-year colleges and universities offer to our student members once they matriculate and start taking classes as full-time university students,” Ewing said. “Public universities usually provide between $1,000 to $3,000 toward tuition. Some private universities will provide up to half off of their tuition.”

Emphasizing development of leadership skills and service, PTK creates opportunities for its members to gain service/volunteer hours and to get involved in positive educational and networking relationships.

“At Richland, we have a close relationship with our Office of Student Life and many of our Phi Theta Kappa members also serve in Richland student government and other student organizations,” said Ewing. “Our chapter life has been very dynamic over the past few years.”

To receive a membership invitation, students need to be currently enrolled in a community college with a minimum GPA of 3.5 GPA, complete at least 12 hours of college-level credits and be committed to completing their college degree.

A minimum 3.0 GPA must be maintained for membership status. New members are not accepted during the winter and summer breaks. Invitations are usually sent out three weeks into the fall and spring semesters. A one-time membership fee of $60 is required.

Meetings, conferences and service projects are not required for Phi Theta Kappa members but are good opportunities for students to achieve academic success.

Richland members have the opportunity to interact with Phi Theta Kappans from the Texas state level and from the wider international community. Recent events have been held in Nashville, San Antonio and Chicago.

Phi Theta Kappa is recommended for those who want to become more engaged and successful along the academic path.