Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, headquartered in Jackson, Mississippi, is the largest honor society in higher education with nearly 1,300 chapters on college campuses in all 50 of the United States, plus 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 3.5 million students have been inducted since its founding in 1918, with over 250,000 active members annually.
To fulfill our mission, we focus on recognizing and encouraging the academic achievement of college students while providing opportunities for individual growth and development through participation in honors, leadership, service, and fellowship programming.
The full name of the organization is Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, but may be referred to more informally as PTK. Members of the organization should be referred to as “Phi Theta Kappa members,” “Phi Theta Kappans,” or “PTK members.”
The Phi Theta Kappa Key is the primary symbol representing the honor society. Phi Theta Kappa symbols are protected by copyrights.
The key is a golden slab, keyed at the top and bottom. Across the center of the slab is a black enamel band upon which three Greek letters appear, which are the initials of three mystic Greek words phronimon (Phi), thumos (Theta), and katharotes (Kappa) and meaning wisdom, aspiration, and purity. Behind the band is a wreath, on one side composed of oak leaves, and on the other, of laurel. The wreath of oak leaves denotes stability and strength of character, and the curling leaves of laurel signify achievement and success. Above the band is a representation of the head of Athena, symbol of learning; in the base appear the Greek letters forming the word meaning light, the light of learning and knowledge (φῶς, phi, omega, and sigma).
Logos, Name, and Symbols Usage
To protect the integrity of Phi Theta Kappa emblems and safeguard the value of membership, Phi Theta Kappa’s Golden Key, seal, and crest emblems cannot be used on saleable items, including sweatshirts, t-shirts and other merchandise sold or distributed by chapters or regions. The name Phi Theta Kappa or Greek letters representing Phi Theta Kappa or the chapter name can appear on these items with the exception of academic or honors regalia. Chapters may use the Golden Key emblem on chapter stationery, flyers, business cards, decorated cakes, cookies, and cupcakes, etc., which are not offered for sale.
We suggest the following copyright statement to accompany the logos and emblems:
Copyright © [Current Year] by Phi Theta Kappa. All rights reserved. None of the official Phi Theta Kappa logos and emblems may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise, without the prior written permission of Phi Theta Kappa. Phi Theta Kappa has registered the name, logo, and various titles herein with the U.S. Patent Office.