Posted on March 1st in PTK News

Phi Theta Kappa Celebrates 464 Chapters for Outstanding Growth

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society (PTK) is recognizing 464 chapters for their efforts to bring life-changing benefits and opportunities of PTK membership to even more students on their campuses in 2021.

The Iota Zeta Chapter at Northeast Mississippi Community College’s Booneville Campus in Mississippi saw the highest percentage of eligible students become Phi Theta Kappa members last year: 83.1 percent. The recognition is part of PTK’s Reach Rewards program, which celebrates and rewards Phi Theta Kappa chapters excelling in membership development.

“As the pandemic lingered in 2021, celebrating student success became more important than ever,” PTK President and CEO Dr. Lynn Tincher-Ladner said. “PTK membership creates higher self-efficacy, fosters a sense of belonging, and provides a supportive community for learning and self-expression. Our work leads to increased student engagement which is what causes higher rates of student success. I am so proud of our Reach Chapters—they worked exceptionally hard to create spaces where students could connect and support one another—even amid a global pandemic.” 

A full 91 percent of Phi Theta Kappa members will complete an associate degree or transfer to a four-year college, compared to just 31 percent of students nationally. Members have access to millions of dollars in scholarships — $1million in competitive scholarships through the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation and more than $246 million in transfer scholarships to over

850 four-year colleges. They can search for these scholarships and others, as well as transfer-friendly institutions and career pathways, on PTK Connect™.

Through exclusive PTK EDGE™ curricula, members learn how to navigate the often-tricky transfer process, build essential soft skills, and develop expertise to help them find employment. Members also have free access to PTK’s custom leadership program, which uses open sources to guide the development of personal leadership philosophies.

The Top 15 REACH Chapters with the highest acceptance rates of 2021 were:

Iota Zeta Chapter
Northeast Mississippi Community College

Pi Gamma Chapter
Florida College

Upsilon Sigma Chapter
Itawamba Community College

Eta Omega Chapter
Copiah-Lincoln Community College

Beta Xi Psi Chapter
Copiah-Lincoln Community College

Beta Omicron Eta Chapter
Chatfield College

Epsilon Chapter
Cottey College

Gamma Nu Chapter
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

Beta Tau Eta Chapter
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

Beta Tau Sigma Chapter
Itawamba Community College

Beta Sigma Omicron Chapter
Hawaii Tokai International College

Alpha Tau Delta Chapter
Medicine Hat College, Alberta [Canada]

Beta Beta Iota Chapter
Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute
New Mexico

Alpha Omega Theta Chapter
Donnelly College

Beta Chi Rho Chapter
College of the Muscogee Nation

About Phi Theta Kappa

Phi Theta Kappa is the premier honor society recognizing the academic achievement of students at associate degree-granting colleges and helping them to grow as scholars and leaders. The Society is made up of more than 3.8 million members and nearly 1,300 chapters in 10 countries, with approximately 240,000 active members in the nation’s colleges. Learn more at

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