The Key to Completing Hallmark Awards Entries? Teamwork.

“Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.” — Andrew Carnegie

“Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.” — Helen Keller

“None of us is as smart as all of us.” — Ken Blanchard

So the countdown is on… Chapter Hallmark Awards applications are due in 20 days. Don’t panic – divide and conquer with teamwork!

Are you feeling overwhelmed as the Hallmark deadline approaches? Remember, many hands make light work. Chapter Hallmark awards applications shouldn’t be completed by just one or two people – instead it takes a team to complete projects, document, write, proofread and submit entries.

The Hallmark Awards process is more than just a way to receive recognition, but also a way to bring your chapter together to catalog and celebrate your success.

Find inspiration for your team in this article from Inc. of 15 memorable quotes about teamwork. Then, take advantage of these resources available to you on the Phi Theta Kappa website:

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Visit our Hallmark Awards page for more videos, nomination tips, best practices and sample winning entries.

All Hallmark Awards applications must be submitted online and by 5 p.m. CST on the deadline dates. Individual awards applications are due January 11, and chapter awards applications (including Honors in Action and College Project) are due January 25. Find the applications with complete instructions and rubrics online.

Go Global with a Transfer Scholarship to Minerva

Minerva Schools at KGI is the latest four-year school to establish a transfer scholarship exclusively for Phi Theta Kappa members. Check out the Q&A below to learn more about the offer, and visit CollegeFish to find other transfer opportunities just for you.

Tell us about your college’s new transfer scholarship for members of Phi Theta Kappa.
Minerva is offering a $5,000 tuition scholarship for Phi Theta Kappa students who have financial need. This scholarship is especially significant because Minerva’s tuition is approximately $12,500 per year — barely a quarter of the cost of other top university programs. Learn more and apply here:

In your opinion, what is one of the most impressive things about your college?
Global immersion and experiential learning. At Minerva, students live and learn in seven world cities during their four years — San Francisco, Berlin, Buenos Aires, Seoul, Hyderabad, Taipei and London.

This travel is not typical study abroad. In each city, Minerva students live in residence halls with their classmates and participate in rigorous, active learning seminars Monday through Thursday, spending Friday immersed in co-curricular experiences with local organizations in the public and private sectors.

For example, students in San Francisco recently pitched new products to leaders at Google, while those in Berlin worked on the refugee crisis with a local nonprofit. By applying academic coursework to real world contexts, students gain a deeper understanding of how the world works.

Minerva was founded by a Silicon Valley entrepreneur and a Harvard Dean who both believe the world is changing rapidly, though existing institutions continue to stagnate. Every aspect of Minerva, including the global experience, is intentionally designed to prepare students for the 21st century.

Are there other transfer scholarships that could be stacked with your Phi Theta Kappa award? If so, please explain.
Minerva is an anomaly among higher education institutions: when we say need-blind and merit-based admissions, we mean it. That means Minerva students are admitted based only on their accomplishments and performance in a set of unique admissions challenges.

Furthermore, we are committed to ensuring that every admitted student is able to attend, regardless of financial constraints.

In addition to this special scholarship, PTK students may also be eligible for low-interest loans, work-study opportunities and other financial assistance.

Are there any special events or admissions deadlines our members should be aware of?
Minerva’s Regular Decision I deadline is January 17. It is not too late to start the admissions process because it is different from others: no fees, no essays and no standardized test scores are needed. Instead, Minerva asks applicants to take part in a series of engaging challenges that allow them to demonstrate their critical thinking and creativity. Learn more and apply here: