Phi Theta Kappa will give regional conferences and projects a $100,000 boost this year through regional grants.
Up to 20 grants of $5,000 each will be given to regions to supplement costs for conference programming and regional projects that will directly impact students. The deadline to apply for a grant is May 5. Coordinators, apply today.
“Our regions are hosting some incredible events and doing some really amazing work, and we’re happy to support them in their efforts,” PTK’s Vice President of Membership and Student Engagement Dr. Susan Scaggs said.
The grants can be used for regional conferences that take place during the 2017-2018 academic year.
Many regions used grants awarded in 2016 to bring keynote speakers to their fall and spring conferences. The Middle States Region used part of its grant to fund C4 supplies for all chapters in the region so they could participate in the region-wide Middle States Completes Week in October.
“Getting engaged on a regional level means our students have the ability to make a real difference beyond their college campuses,” Scaggs said.
The Missouri Region focused its recent spring convention on membership awareness and recruitment. To boost recruiting efforts and to encourage participation in international events, the regional officer team hired Jeff Clinkenbeard and Kyaw Tha Hla, producers and writers for such television shows as “Cheers” and “Fraiser,” to help develop promotional videos for the region. Clinkenbeard and Hla are the organizers behind SATO48, an internationally recognized film festival and competition in Springfield, Missouri.
During the weekend, attendees developed concepts, researched content, wrote scripts, acted and filmed. By the close of the convention, members had created professional videos they can use on campus and social media. Watch them now.
“The focus was on the creative process and how to work as a development team,” Missouri Regional Coordinator Jo Fritts said. “Knowing that this was done with over 80 people providing active input, it was quite an endeavor, and everyone had fun.”