Why Join PTK? 8 Reasons from 8 Members

Over the years we’ve featured countless students who’ve shared the benefits that led them to become Phi Theta Kappa members. The reasons are as varied as the students themselves, and the top eight are listed below.

As you will see, there is something for everyone, yet only about 1 in 10 eligible students become members. We encourage you to share this with the students on your campus who are considering accepting membership, and then share your own story. No one knows the benefits and opportunities better than you. And, your recruitment efforts could help your chapter earn REACH Rewards.

1. “As a student, I started school to become a nurse. As a Phi Theta Kappa member, I became a nurse to change the world.” — Natalie Myer, former International Officer

Myer shared this during a speech at an induction ceremony. It was her first speech after being elected an International Officer in 2010, but the sentiment remains true today. Phi Theta Kappa programs such as Honors in Action encourage you to look out into the world to see how you can affect change. They push you to explore social issues surrounding your community and show you that even one person can make a big difference.

2. “What I got out of being involved in PTK [was] mostly a great set of skills — leadership, teamwork, speaking to groups and much, much more. I also made new friends…not just friends, but a new sort of family I’d say.” — Kegan Forrester, Alpha Tau Upsilon Chapter

Joining Phi Theta Kappa can open a community — a family — to you. This community is more than 3 million members strong. It isn’t only on your two-year college campus; it’s at your four-year college and in your workplace as well. There are Phi Theta Kappans all over the country, so you never have to look far to find a friend.

3. “I began to believe in myself and in my ability. I was inspired by my unexpected success to continue the pattern of academic excellence.” — Ebony Nava, Alpha Phi Kappa Chapter

Just one taste of recognition for your achievements, and you’ll want it again and again. Your first good grade, your invitation to join Phi Theta Kappa, your first successful completion of a service project, your first regional recognition for a job well done, your first time on stage at our annual convention — all of this works together to build (or rebuild) your self-confidence and to show you that you can achieve more than you ever dreamed.

4. “Everybody likes to be recognized, and I truly believe success begets success. Scholarships let you know that you’re being noticed for working hard, and they keep pushing you further.” — Jason Glynn, Alpha Chi Nu Chapter

Phi Theta Kappa awards $1 million in scholarships each year to help members complete associate, bachelor’s or master’s degrees, and we connect you with partners and foundations that offer even more. If you’re planning to transfer to a four-year school, we have partnerships with nearly 750 senior colleges that offer more than $37 million in transfer scholarships designated exclusively for our members. The average member receives $2,500 for two years.

5. “I credit the practice in technical writing and project management I gained through Honors in Action and writing Hallmark Award applications with an approved grant for $93,000 from the U.S. State Department. It was the first independently awarded federal contract in my employer’s 42-year history.” — Paul Saltz, Alpha Rho Epsilon Chapter

There’s a purpose to our programming. Honors in Action and College Projects put the skills you’re learning in the classroom to use in the real world. The research, writing, communication and teamwork that go into the Hallmark Award applications mirror graduate school applications and even tasks you’re given at work. Speaking of work…

6. “At a job interview this past January, my membership with PTK came up, as my interviewer was a member himself. He told me that while my grades spoke for themselves, interest in being a part of something much bigger than myself was something that is highly valued in the workplace today and ultimately separated me from the rest of the applicants.” — Jason Moeck, Alpha Lambda Zeta Chapter

The Top 5 skills employers seek in new hires: leadership, the ability to work in a team, written communication, problem-solving, and verbal communication. Phi Theta Kappa is more than a resume booster — it’s a tried and true way for you to gain the skills and experience that will land you a job.

7. “The convention gave others and me a better insight of characteristics and roles a student leader should have. I am a part-time student and have a part-time job, which makes it difficult to make time for these things — but it is possible! I strongly encourage other members to take advantage of conventions and the training opportunities available.” — Jenny Rojas, Alpha Beta Chapter

Regional and international events such as PTK Catalyst and Honors Institute let you meet and network with students from around the world who are just like you — driven and committed to success. You’ll also see dynamic, world-class speakers and attend special sessions on PTK programs and opportunities from our partners.

8. “Phi Theta Kappa has given me opportunities to enhance my leadership skills and network with students from all over the country who are not only incredibly smart but also very passionate about serving their community.” — Sagar Chapagain, Chi Theta Chapter

This sums it up. Phi Theta Kappa helps you realize your potential, and then it connects you with opportunities to grow your skills and with people to support you along the way. The one-time membership fee is an investment in your future that you can’t afford to pass up. Learn more and join today.

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