Fall Common Application for Transfer Scholarships Due December 7

Jackson, MS -This spring, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society will award more than half a million dollars in scholarships to community college students who will be completing their associate degrees or transferring to a four-year college. In addition,$41 million in scholarships are available through the All-State Community College Academic Team Programs. Scholars will be recognized through both local and national media. Students may apply through the Fall Common Application available online now, with a deadline of December 7, 2012, at 5:00 p.m. CST. Community colleges and students are reminded there areapproximatelythree weeksremaining to apply for these scholarships.

“Developing scholarships and raising awareness of scholarship opportunities are key to Phi Theta Kappa’s strategy of college completion and student success,” said Phi Theta Kappa’s Executive Director Dr. Rod Risley. “In addition to directly administering scholarships for associate and baccalaureate students, Phi Theta Kappa has created programs that help students gain research, critical thinking and leadership skills, promote civic engagement, and guide them through the transfer and credential completion process.”

The fall common application period opened October 1 and closes December 7, and covers scholarships for students intending to transfer to a senior institution or who will be completing their community college credentials this spring. Fall scholarships include the All-USA Community College Academic Team, New Century Scholars, All-State Academic Teams, the Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team, Guistwhite Scholarships and the Hites Transfer Scholarships.

Individual scholarships have varying eligibility criteria and award amounts.Some scholarships require Phi Theta Kappa membership while others are open to any student currently enrolled in a community college. Some programs do require nomination by a community college designated nominator, so it is important to reach out and apply for these programs early.Students may apply simultaneously for multiple scholarships, using the common application.This application allows students to provide basic information, demographics, education information, etc., which are shared between multiple scholarships.Individual tabs for specific scholarships will display if additional questions are required for individual applications. Complete information is available at ptk.org/become-a-member/scholarships. The common application is available at my.ptk.org.

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, headquartered in Jackson, Mississippi, is the largest honor society in higher education with 1,280 chapters on college campuses in all 50 of the United States, Canada, Germany, the Republic of Palau, Peru, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, the British Virgin Islands, the United Arab Emirates and U.S. territorial possessions. More than 2.5 million students have been inducted since its founding in 1918, with approximately 135,000 students inducted annually. Learn more at ptk.org.

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