Posted on February 8th in General

5 Easy Ways to Convert Eligibles to Members

It’s still early in 2019, but many students at your college have already received invitations to join Phi Theta Kappa this year. Time for you to get to work converting these eligible students into active members.

It’s easier than you think, and it’s important — more members equal stronger projects and more diversity for your chapter, and you’re giving more students access to exclusive scholarship and leadership opportunities. You’re also setting your chapter up to receive REACH Rewards. Meet or exceed a 15 percent acceptance rate, and you’ll earn free graduation stoles for your chapter.

(Side note: If you’re hoping to be named among the Top 10 Distinguished Chapters at the 2020 annual convention, you’re not eligible unless you’re also named a REACH chapter for your recruitment efforts in 2019. This is a change from previous years, so adding new members is more important than ever.)

How can you turn a prospective member into an active member? Don’t leave it up to chance — try one (or more!) of these simple ideas.

1. Offer Golden Opportunity Scholarships

The cost of membership is the top reason eligible students don’t join Phi Theta Kappa. That’s why we offer the Golden Opportunity Scholarship, which waives the $60 international membership fee. Students must be nominated by their chapter advisor for this scholarship, and the nomination period is open now through 5 p.m. CT on Monday, April 1.

  • Up to three students many be nominated per chapter
  • Part-time, full-time, and international students are eligible
  • Priority should be given to students who are financially needy

Your chapter can also offer its own version of a Golden Opportunity Scholarship. Work with your college president or Foundation to see if money is available to cover the cost of membership. Or, waive your local chapter fee for a limited time.

2. Participate in PTK Awareness Week

Our Spring Awareness Week is February 25-March 1. Chapters across the country will host recruitment events to talk up PTK and increase visibility on their campuses. Wear your PTK shirts all week, set up a table in a high-traffic area, hang posters, give away food — these are simple ways to make your Awareness Week membership blitz easy but effective.

You can also participate in our events:

  • February 25 — Live Kickoff on Facebook and Instagram

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