Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society
Established in 1918, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society serves to recognize and encourage the academic achievement of two-year college students and provide opportunities for individual growth and development through scholarship, leadership, service, and fellowship. Today Phi Theta Kappa is the largest honor society in American higher education with more than 2 million members and 1,200 chapters located in all 50 of the United States, U.S. territories, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Germany, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, United Arab Emirates and Palau. In 1929, the American Association of Community Colleges recognized Phi Theta Kappa as the official honor society for two-year colleges.
To be eligible for membership:
- You must be enrolled and matriculated at Westchester Community College
- You must have completed at least 12 academic credits that may be applied to an associate degree or certificate program as a full-time or part time student
- You must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher
Membership empowers you with a competitive edge
- Offers members opportunities to apply for over $87 million in scholarships opportunities from Phi Theta Kappa, partnering senior colleges, universities and foundations – a benefit unmatched by other honor societies.
- Free enrollment in CollegeFish.org, a transfer and college completion planning tool
- Free access to Five Star Competitive Edge, a personal and professional development plan for building marketable skills and an online portfolio
- Free access to the Phi Theta Kappa Career Resource Center
- Opportunity to be published in Phi Theta Kappa’s anthology, Nota Bene
- Opportunities to develop research and servant leadership skills by participating in Honors in Action programming in local chapter
- Opportunity to become part of a network of over 2.5 million fellow scholars and servant leaders on more than 1,270 campuses worldwide
- Increased pay grade for entry level federal jobs
- Personalized letters of recommendation for scholarships and employment
- Special benefits and offers from Phi Theta Kappa corporate partners
Phi Theta Kappa’s mission is two-fold:
- Recognize and encourage the academic achievement of two-year college students and;
- Provide opportunities for individual growth and development through participation in honors, leadership, service and fellowship programming.
Phi Theta Kappa focuses on 4 hallmarks: Scholarship, Leadership, Service, & Fellowship.
The Scholarship Hallmark concentrates on implementing the Honors Study Topic.
The Leadership Hallmark is dedicated to encourage leadership in our chapter, campus, and community. Omicron Beta has officers and coordinator positions for different roles.
Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society strongly endorses the concept of service to the college and the community as our scholarly responsibility.
The Fellowship Hallmark focuses on working together as a team and encouraging unity in our college, community and other Phi Theta Kappa Chapters. It encourages us to balance our studying and work, as well as participation in community service projects.
Accepting Membership to Phi Theta Kappa
Students will receive an email from Phi Theta Kappa headquarters to their my.sunywcc email address . A follow up invitation will be sent to the home mailing address listed in the College’s system . Students must then go online to www.ptk.org/acceptmembership, enter their personal activation code included in the invitation, and pay the one time membership fee. Please note that activation codes are only good for one semester!
Benefits of Membership
Phi Theta Kappa Member Benefits
- The Phi Theta Kappa Golden Key Membership Pin
- A Phi Theta Kappa Membership Certificate and ID Card
- Notation of membership on your college transcript
- Recognition by wearing Phi Theta Kappa Commencement Regalia during college graduation and other official ceremonies
- Find out more about member benefits at ptk.org
Option 1: College Fish
We offer scholarships throughout the year for our Phi Theta Kappa members. Several Scholarships can be found on the Phi Theta Kappa CollegeFish.org website. Visit our CollegeFish info page to learn more.
Option 2: PTK.org
Hites Transfer ScholarshipCurrent PTK.org scholarships include:
- Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship: http://www.jkcf.org/
- Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team
- and many more opportunities to see
At what point does a student officially become a member?
A student becomes a member when his/her membership application has been approved and membership fees have been paid. The Society’s induction requirement is met when the student signs the Membership Oath which appears on the membership application. A student must be recorded as a member at Headquarters in order to receive all the rights, privileges and benefits of membership.
How much time will being a member take?
The time a member devotes to Phi Theta Kappa is a matter of individual choice. Some members choose to devote many hours to chapter activities; others may not participate at all. Phi Theta Kappa’s Constitution requires only that a prospective member make and maintain certain grade point averages.
What will I do in Phi Theta Kappa?
Phi Theta Kappa activities are determined by the members with emphasis on the four hallmarks of the program: Scholarship, Leadership, Service, and Fellowship. You determine your involvement!
What is the value of joining if I graduate at the end of the semester?
In addition to having lifetime membership in Phi Theta Kappa on your resume, you can choose to purchase the official Phi Theta Kappa regalia to wear at graduation. Also, you would be afforded access to scholarship opportunities reserved just for Phi Theta Kappa members.
What happens if my GPA drops below 3.5?
For most members this is not a problem. You are required to have a 3.5 GPA when you accept membership. However, after joining Phi Theta Kappa you are expected to maintain at least a 3.3 GPA.
Are students who plan to transfer to a four-year institution without receiving an associate degree eligible?
While Phi Theta Kappa encourages students to obtain an associate degree before transferring, this is not a requirement for membership eligibility. A student would be eligible if he or she has completed at least 12 academic credits and has a cumulative GPA of a 3.5 or higher.
Is a community college student who has already earned a degree elsewhere eligible for membership?
A student with a degree who is enrolled at Westchester Community College is eligible for membership after they have completed a minimum of 12 academic credits and have a cumulative GPA of a 3.5 or higher at WCC.
What if I move after being inducted into Phi Theta Kappa? How do I update my address with Headquarters?
Members and other Society constituents can update their contact information with Headquarters any time by editing their online profiles. To access your profile, log in at ptk.org. When Welcome, Your Name appears, click on your name. This will take you to your online profile. To update any of the information that appears, click the green Edit My Profile button, make your changes and then click Save. You may also request updates using our Contact Us form or by calling 800.946.9995.
What happens when I submit my application?
Once your application has been submitted to National Headquarters, you will receive an email within twenty-four hours that your membership has been processed. This email will also containing your membership number, username, and password allowing you full access to exclusive membership benefits. Your membership packet will be mailed within 6-8 weeks.
Officers contact info and office hours- The Phi Theta Kappa Office is located in the Classroom Building, room 218. Current office hours will be posted on the door.
Member Meeting times – Wednesdays at 12:00 pm in the Classroom Building, room 208