Club honors achievement

An overview of the honors society Phi Theta Kappa.



Robert McRill


Phi Theta Kappa is one of the oldest honor societies recognized in the United States. The objective of PTK is to recognize and acknowledge the achievements of students who excel in the community college environment as well as offer scholarships and grants to members.

PTK honor society has roots extending as far back as 1910. Originally known as Kappa Phi Omicron, the society began with six founding members at Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri. In 1918, the society settled on the name Phi Theta Kappa and became an officially recognized national organization in Missouri. In 1926, PTK extended its reach beyond Missouri and, not long after, in 1929, was dubbed the official honor society for two-year colleges.

Students fortunate enough to be taken into the ranks of PTK are eligible for more than $37 million worth of scholarships exclusive to its members. PTK membership also provides students with free access to various online scholarship databases and college transfer planning tools. A membership offers students the opportunity to receive personalized letters of recommendation from the organization for scholarships and job applications as well.

Membership invitations may be made available to Pierce College students with grade point averages of 3.5 or above.

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Club honors achievement

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