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Posted by on Sep 25, 2013 in Student Life | 11 comments

PTK: Why you should join!

PTK: Why you should join!

“I was recently invited to join Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and was wondering if it would be of any benefit to me (at age 51 and going for an AS degree in Web Design) or if it would be mostly give me bragging rights.”

Dear Jacqueline,

First of all, congratulations on being invited to join Phi Theta Kappa! Being asked to join such a prestigious organization is a complete honor. Take this wonderful opportunity. I became a member of PTK way back in 2011 and loved every second of my experience with the honor society.

528494_218642758245438_458549032_nOnce you join, my advice would be to get involved as much as possible. PTK has many things to offer to its members but you must be an active member and participate in the events. The scholarships, in particular, are very generous and there are so many transfer scholarships exclusively for PTK members. PTK’s website says members have access to more than $37 million in transfer scholarships available at more than 700 four-year colleges and universities.

533442_360730747369971_1462527718_nLast year, I served as the Vice President of Leadership of the Eta Nu chapter housed at the St. Pete/Gibbs campus. I got to experience the inner workings of this amazing organization. In the heart of PTK is the tradition of excellence in academics. It is, essentially, an honor society that pursues and encourages intellectual growth among two-year colleges. Its mission is achieved by embracing and taking into practice the four hallmarks: Leadership, Scholarship, Service and Fellowship. Through these hallmarks, we partake in leadership development, research and collegewide projects, and we give back to the community by partnering with charities and volunteering our time.

598770_349333388509707_2020597284_nIn regards to bragging, YES, you will definitely get bragging rights. For your graduation, you can get lots of regalia! We wear a beautiful gold stole, a tassel, and, if you get nominated, you might even sport the prestigious All-USA or All-Florida academic team medals. Aside from the regalia, it looks great on your resume. If you are looking to transfer, it weighs in when it comes to admissions and scholarships. Most importantly, by joining a community such as Phi Theta Kappa, you become a better student who is more engaged in your college.

535663_307275789402534_172816441_nI cannot stress enough the impact it made on my academic career. I can honestly say PTK is one of the reasons why I am where I am now. So please consider joining! And remember the motto, when you are Phi Theta Kappa, you are as good as gold!

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  1. how are you invited into PTK?

    • Dear LaPorsha,

      Thanks for your comment! Membership into PTK can be attained by invitation or by meeting some requirements. The most common way a student gains membership is by receiving a letter in the mail stating that he or she has met the qualification set by their home campus’ PTK chapter. The basic requirements are for the student to have completed 12 credit hours during a semester while maintaining a certain GPA. Membership requirements vary in the different chapters, so make sure you know your chapter’s requirement. To be a member of my chapter, Eta Nu housed at the St. Pete/ Gibbs campus, you need to have a 3.25 GPA and 12 completed credit hours. After admission to the chapter, a 3.0 maintenance GPA is expected. For more info of the different PTK chapters of SPC please visit this link: I would recommend you contact the adviser of the chapter you would like to join. Also, attend one of the meetings or orientation sessions. These are usually advertised around campus at the beginning of each semester.

    • Recently, one of the PTK members came to speak brelify to Dr. Hanson’s T/TR Philosophy class and it very much peaked my interest. I am unsure if there is a deadline to apply, however I would greatly appreciate any further information regarding becoming a member.Thank You,Araceli

  2. Do you know what percentage of students are invited into PTK? I’m not sure what the average grade point average is at SPC, but 3.25 doesn’t seem that hard to attain.

  3. Just stumbled across your blog on St. Pete College’s website, I’d just like to say that I am so inspired by you and it was a great experience to know you through SPC and PTK! Congrats on everything you have achieved in school.. You’ve proved yourself to be a great leader and inspiration!

    • Hi Jen! Thanks so much for the comment. I really appreciate it. We had so much fun at SPC together and the time we shared in Eta Nu are absolutely priceless.

  4. Maria,
    First off, congrats on your accomplishments! Second, if I passed up my invite this term, is the invite still good for next term? I didn’t have the money this time around, but I would still like to join for my final semester next Spring. Thanks so much!

    • Dear Jeania,

      Congratulations on your invite! As long as you maintain the same GPA, which is the main requirement, you are still eligible and can still join for this spring semester.


    • Any further questions about becoming a member should be directed to our email account. Email is the easiest way to communicate details, beyond what is currently placed on the website, to individuals and individual situations. Feel free to approach anyone of the Board Members during either a general meeting or board meeting, we are always happy to speak to members or perspective members.Thank You,PTK: Beta Kappa Tau Chapter

  5. Hello, I have been awarded membership to Phi Theta Kappa. I am very excited but can not afford the membership fee. Does St. Petersburg College offer scholarships for membership fees. I look forward to hearing back from you. Please email me any info you have.

    Thank you,


    • Hello Robert!
      I would suggest you speak with the Chapter’s advisor and ask if there are any scholarships available to cover membership fees. I could not pay for the fees either so I participated in my chapter’s essay scholarship and got my membership! Hope this helps!

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