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Making Membership Possible for Low-Income Students

Phi Theta Kappa is putting membership within reach for hundreds of community college students through the Golden Opportunity Scholarship.

This is the Society’s first scholarship that will help cover the one-time membership fee for those who can’t otherwise afford it, giving more students access to the life-changing benefits that come with Phi Theta Kappa membership. These scholarships are available through the generosity of Cengage, Phi Theta Kappa members, advisors, alumni, corporate donors and friends.

“Membership in Phi Theta Kappa greatly increases students’ chances of reaching their educational goals and making their dreams a reality,” said Phi Theta Kappa’s President and CEO Dr. Lynn Tincher-Ladner.

A full 92 percent of Phi Theta Kappa members go on to complete a college degree or credential, yet only one in 10 students accepts membership. Students often cite the one-time membership fee as the reason they don’t become members.

“With millions in scholarships and important opportunities to grow as scholars and leaders, students can’t afford not to accept membership,” Tincher-Ladner said.

The international membership fee is $60, and chapters and regions often tack on additional fees to help cover costs. The Golden Opportunity Scholarship will waive the international membership fee, so recipients will only be responsible for the local fees, which vary but average $25 total.

Three hundred scholarships will be given in this inaugural round, and there are plans to expand the program to award even more membership scholarships in the years to come. The application will be open twice a year.

Phi Theta Kappa advisors may nominate up to three students from their chapters to be considered for this scholarship. See full details, including eligibility requirements, here.

The fall nomination period is open now through November 4 at 5 p.m. CT. Recipients will be notified in mid-November. Nominate a student today!



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