What are the benefits of joining Phi Theta Kappa?
•Members of Phi Theta Kappa may apply for more than $36 million in transfer scholarships, provided exclusively to Society members by more than 600 senior institutions.
•All members of Phi Theta Kappa receive the prestigious Golden Key Membership Pin.
•All members of Phi Theta Kappa receive the impressive Certificate of Membership.
•All members of Phi Theta Kappa receive a wallet-size Identification Card.
What awards and scholarships are available to PTK members?
Phi Theta Kappa members have many opportunities to shine through a variety of award and scholarship programs.
•Members of Phi Theta Kappa are eligible for nomination by their college for the All-USA Academic Team competition. In addition, 32 states sponsor All-State Academic Team programs, providing further recognition for outstanding students.
•Members of Phi Theta Kappa may take advantage of several internally funded scholarship programs including the Leaders of Promise (for completion of associate degree) and the Guistwhite Scholar Program (for completion of baccalaureate degree)
What is the membership fee?
The membership fee is $65. The membership fee must only be paid once, and you will remain a member for life.
Why should I attend meetings?
Attending meetings and participating in our events is strictly voluntary. If you can attend one meeting or all of the meetings, you are welcome. If you can serve in one Chapter function or all of them, you are welcome to do what you can. At Rose State College, we have what is called an Activities Transcript that lists all of the clubs and special activities in which you participate while you are a student at Rose State College. When transferring to a four-year university, many colleges look at an activities transcript just as closely as your grade-point average. It has been mentioned by an admissions person that frequently the difference between one student getting a university scholarship instead of another is the activities that the student participates in while in high school or while attending a community college.
What happens at a Phi Theta Kappa Meeting?
Each month our Chapter has at least two meeting. At these meetings, we will discuss upcoming activities. Our President and Vice-President of Scholarship may bring to the meeting any new scholarship information available to the Chapter. We sometimes have a guest speaker from a four-year university come and speak at our meetings. We also discuss any Chapter business or special events that we may be sponsoring such as mentoring elementary school students, fundraising events, and membership drives.
What is an officer of Phi Theta Kappa?
Our Chapter has elections each year for the offices of President, Vice-President of Fellowship, Vice-President of Leadership, Vice-President of Scholarship, Vice-President of Service, Recording Secretary, Historian, Treasurer, Public Relations/Media, and Public Relations/Webmaster. Each office is held for one year, and an officer may not be subsequently re-elected to the same post. Otherwise, members may run for any office they wish during election periods. Becoming an officer teaches time management skills, leadership skills, and committee membership skills. Plus, whether you are going to a four-year university after attending Rose State College or going directly into the work force, being an officer improves your resume significantly. Becoming an officer is hard work, but it is truly rewarding work and good practice for life.
What is the difference between Regional and International Chapters?
All Phi Theta Kappa Chapters belong first to a region and then to the international society. Our Alpha Eta Alpha Chapter is a part of the Oklahoma/Arkansas region. Some Chapters are grouped into one state while others are grouped into several states. Each region elects officers that coordinate regional conferences and hallmark activities. Regions have various meetings for all the Chapters to meet in one central area for Planning and Leadership meetings as well as Regional Officer elections. Chapters within a region also compete in essay and poetry contests. The Regional contests strengthen skills for International competition.
What are Hallmarks?
Vice-Presidents and the Hallmarks that they represent are the bedrock of Phi Theta Kappa. The Hallmarks are Fellowship, Leadership, Scholarship, and Service. The Vice-Presidents that are elected to these positions spend most of their time making sure that our Chapter is working toward completing the work necessary to qualify the Chapter for awards and recognition at the International Convention. There is not one Vice-President that holds more power than another. All Vice-Presidents share their duties equally and move the Chapter toward excellence for the year they are elected. For more information about the Vice-Presidents' duties, please consult the Content section of the course.