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Phi Theta Kappa Receives Staples Grant

Phi Theta Kappa Receives Staples Grant

Phi Theta Kappa has been awarded a grant by Staples Foundation, the private charitable arm of Staples, Inc., through a program called 2 Million & Change that allows Staples associates around the globe to direct more than $2 million in donations each year.

Phi Theta Kappa’s account manager, Yanet Thomason, recommended the Society to receive the grant.

Funds will be used to support eight new Golden Opportunity Scholarships, designed to increase access to the benefits of Phi Theta Kappa by helping students pay for membership when they simply cannot afford it.

“We are grateful that Staples recognizes the importance of providing access to Phi Theta Kappa and altering the path of a community college student," said Steve Mulhollen, Interim Executive Director of the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation.

Created in 2012, the 2 Million & Change program is a philanthropic initiative that allows Staples associates around the world to direct funding to non-profit organizations focused on academic education or job skills. The program encourages local community engagement by awarding larger grants to organizations where associates are highly engaged in volunteering or fundraising – up to $25,000 per organization.

Staples contributes to educational and job-related community efforts with a primary focus on disadvantaged youth, from literacy and mentoring to career skills development, through in-kind and monetary donations and grants from Staples Foundation. Through its community and giving efforts, Staples has helped thousands of organizations in 26 countries. For more information, visit

In 2015, Staples awarded more than $2.5 million in grants to 875 local organizations in support of education and job skills programs, including job readiness for homeless individuals, career exploration for high school students, academic scholarships, mentoring and more.

“For 30 years, Staples associates have been making a difference in their communities around the world,” said John Burke, chief culture officer, Staples, Inc., "We’re thrilled that the 2 Million & Change program lets our associate make an even greater impact on the organizations they are passionate about.”


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