PTK Benefits

When you join Phi Theta Kappa, you’re joining a network of more than 3.5 million members around the world.

You can be confident in your choice to become a member — the American Association of Community Colleges has named Phi Theta Kappa the official honor society for two-year colleges. We are the only such honor society with this distinction.

We have no recurring fees or annual dues; simply pay the one-time membership fee, and you can access your PTK benefits for life.

Phi Theta Kappa Member Benefits for Community College Students


  • Phi Theta Kappa Golden Key Membership Pin
  • Phi Theta Kappa Membership Certificate
  • Recognition during chapter induction ceremony
  • Opportunity to wear Phi Theta Kappa graduation regalia*
  • Official Phi Theta Kappa seal placed on your college diploma*
  • Notation of membership on your college transcript*
  • Letters of recommendation citing your membership

* Contingent on college policy


  • Up to $90 million in scholarships to help you complete your associate, bachelor’s, even master’s degrees
  • Access to $46 million in transfer scholarships offered by nearly 800 four-year colleges and universities across the country
  • Awards specifically for career-bound students, including some field-specific opportunities that cover the cost of certification exam fees
  • Leadership and service experiences that will boost your resume, making you more competitive for both PTK and non-PTK scholarships

Career Training

  • Professional skills employers seek through our exclusive online Competitive Edge program
  • Navigate the job market with our one-of-a-kind PTK EDGE for Employment training course
  • Request personalized letters of recommendation for job applications

Transfer Success

  • Use PTK Connect to search for four-year colleges and universities that are transfer friendly and see the scholarships they offer community college students — including those exclusively for PTK members
  • Take the trickiness out of transferring and get advice from admissions pros through our exclusive PTK EDGE for Transfer online course

Learn Leadership

  • Free access to our custom, nationally recognized Leadership Development Studies curriculum
  • Develop your own personal leadership philosophy inspired by classic leaders from the Humanities and today’s top thinkers
  • No textbook required — we use open source materials, so our curriculum is accessible to all
  • Practice your skills through leadership roles within your chapter, in service projects, and on campus

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Ready to Join PTK?

Here’s what you need to know.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for membership, you must:

  • Be enrolled in an institution that has a Phi Theta Kappa chapter
  • Have completed at least 12 hours of coursework toward an associate or bachelor’s degree or at least 6 hours of  coursework toward a certificate of 1 year
  • Generally, have a cumulative 3.5 grade point average*

If you think you may be eligible for membership but haven’t received an invitation, talk with the advisor of your college’s chapter (typically a college faculty or staff member). Find your local advisor.

*A chapter may raise eligibility standards, as long as they are in accordance with the Society’s Constitution.

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