Fall Awareness Week is Sept. 26-30!

Phi Theta Kappa’s Fall Awareness Week is nearly upon us! This is a grass-roots initiative that coordinates chapters around the world in one common goal: telling everyone why membership in Phi Theta Kappa matters.

Mark Your Calendars

The official week is September 26-30. You’ll notice a greater emphasis on Phi Theta Kappa’s benefits on our social media channels and here on the blog, and we’ll be hosting a series of related webinars each evening at 8 p.m. CT. Here’s the schedule:

Monday, September 26 — Scholarships

Apply Now for Big Scholarships

It’s scholarship season, and more than half a million dollars is currently available to Phi Theta Kappa members through online applications at ptk.org. These scholarships are for students seeking associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees, so there truly is something for everyone.

Take a look below at the breakdown of each scholarship. You’ll even see what the judges are looking for in ideal candidates.

The Fall Scholarship Application

This is a common application for seven different scholarship programs. The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. CT December 1.

Included on this application are

  • All-USA Community College Academic Team: 20 awards of $5,000 each = Total awards of $100,000
  • Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team: 150 awards of varying amounts = Total awards of $187,500
  • New Century Scholars: 52 awards of $2,000 each = Total awards of $104,000
  • All-State Community College Academic Teams: numbers and amounts vary by state = Over $41 million available

These scholarship programs place an emphasis on leadership positions held on campus and a strong history of engagement on campus and in the community. Ideal candidates will also be strong academically and well-rounded students. All four of these scholarships support the completion of either an associate or a bachelor’s degree.

The Hites Transfer Scholarship program awards $7,500 to each of 10 recipients. Judges look for students with a heavy academic focus and who are driven and focused on their major. Ideal candidates will also show strong ties between their campus and community engagement and their majors.

The Guistwhite Scholarship program awards $5,000 to each of 15 recipients. Ideal candidates will have heavy involvement in Phi Theta Kappa, significant leadership qualities and academic strength.

The GEICO Pathway to Completion Bachelor’s Degree Scholarship awards two scholarships of $1,500 each. The application looks for students who are strong academically, have proven leadership skills and are involved heavily and Phi Theta Kappa. Ideal candidates will also hold or have held a significant leadership position on campus.

Learn more about the scholarships available on the Fall Scholarship Application in a webinar on September 20 at 1 p.m. CT. Register for the webinar.

The Oberndorf Lifeline to Completion Scholarship

This is a need-based scholarship that provides $1,000 to each of up to seven students. The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. CT October 31.

Ideal candidates are students who, within the past six months, have faced unanticipated financial barriers such as a catastrophic loss, a natural disaster, the onset of a major illness or injury, a change in dependent status or the loss of income resulting in a financial hardship.

The GEICO Pathway to Completion Master’s Degree Scholarship

This is for alumni who have attained a bachelor’s degree and are currently enrolled in their first graduate degree program. Two awards of $2,500 each will be given. The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. CT October 31.

The ideal candidate shows academic progression, persistence and a bright future in their chosen field. Judges also like to see demonstrated campus leadership, with preference given to those who have held chapter, regional or international office.

The MEME 4 Money: GEICO’s Creativity Scholarship

This is open to both members and alumni. Five awards of $1,000 each will be given. The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. CT September 29.

Submit a meme-able caption for one of seven pre-selected photos. Members will vote online for their favorites, and a judging panel will help identify final winners. Read more.

Need some help? Check out these scholarship resources.

Caption These and Win $1,000

We already know you’re smart; now, we want to see how funny and creative you can be!

The application for MEME 4 Money: GEICO’s Creativity Scholarship is now open.

Entering is quick & easy! Simply fill out a brief form — it only takes about three minutes — and then submit a meme-able caption for one of these seven photos. Both current members and alumni are encouraged to apply.

The deadline to enter is 5 p.m. CT on Thursday, September 29. Five scholarships of $1,000 each will be awarded.

A judging panel will identify final winners, but you will be able to vote online for your favorite and help select a “People’s Choice” winner. Voting will be open for five days only, October 24-28. Each member may vote once each day.

Winners will be announced in January 2017.

Find full details here. Take a look at the photos, and get your creative juices flowing!