Recruitment efforts by the chapters mean more students at their colleges will now be more likely to complete a degree or credential
Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society (PTK) is recognizing 609 chapters for their efforts to bring the life-changing benefits and opportunities of PTK membership to even more students on their campuses in 2019.
The Beta Chi Rho Chapter at the College of the Muscogee Nation in Oklahoma saw the highest percentage of eligible students become Phi Theta Kappa members last year: 96 percent. The recognition is part of PTK’s REACH Rewards program, which celebrates and rewards Phi Theta Kappa chapters excelling in membership development. More than 121,600 students across the world became PTK members in 2019.
“We created this program because we believe strongly in the mission of Phi Theta Kappa and want as many students as possible to receive the benefits of membership,” PTK President and CEO Dr. Lynn Tincher-Ladner said. “Increased opportunities to apply for scholarships and engage with their peers and key faculty members lead to higher completion rates, and students get those opportunities through PTK.”
A full 91 percent of Phi Theta Kappa members will complete an associate degree or transfer to a four-year college, compared to just 38 percent of students nationally. Members have access to $46 million in scholarships — $2 million in competitive scholarships through the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation and more than $44 million in transfer scholarships to over 800 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.
“Real transformation happens when students get engaged in campus programming and activities designed to help them explore leadership opportunities and utilize personal development resources provided by PTK,” said Christin Grissom, PTK’s Vice President of Scholarship and Membership. “We couldn’t be prouder of our REACH Chapters for their work in encouraging PTK membership acceptance, which unlocks limitless opportunities for deserving students.”
The 2020 REACH Chapters will be rewarded with free graduation stoles for their members. More than 5,300 stoles will be awarded. See the full list of REACH Chapters.