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Phi Theta Kappa - ΦΘΚ

Alpha Gamma Alpha Chapter

Founded in 1918, Phi Theta Kappa is the oldest and most prestigious honor society serving two-year colleges with an approximate membership
of 3 million individuals across the United States and worldwide.

Pike Peak Community College is a local chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa honors program.

Its purpose is to recognize and encourage academic excellence among students of two-year colleges. It also aims to promote individual
growth through programs that provide leadership training, continual scholarship, fellowship among scholars, and service to the community.

Alpha Gamma Alpha Chapter Mission Statement

Our mission is to maintain the prestige of the Alpha Gamma Alpha Chapter by getting directly involved with other chapters in our region to foster a united growth. We will hold awareness events and fundraising to local charities. We will educate potential members about the benefits of Phi Theta Kappa. We will consistently meet Pinnacle and Five Star Achievement Goals. We will focus on NHS Cooperative to extend service at the high school level. We will recognize academic excellence, as well as individual and team effort.

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society - Mission Statement

"The purpose of Phi Theta Kappa shall be to recognize and encourage scholarship among two-year college students. To achieve this purpose, Phi Theta Kappa shall provide opportunity for the development of leadership and service, for an intellectual climate for exchange of ideas and ideals, for lively fellowship for scholars, and for stimulation of interest in continuing academic excellence."

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Becoming a Member

Enrollment periods open and close each semester during which invitation letters are emailed to eligible students through either your official student email or email of record.

Your emailed invitation will include a pass code. Enter your unique pass code at PTK's website to accept membership.

Membership includes a one-time, lifetime membership fee of $80.00.

Membership Requirements

  • Cumulative GPA 3.25 or greater.
  • Currently enrolled at PPSC.
  • Completed 12 college level credit hours towards a degree or 6 credit hours for a certificate.
  • Active members must be students in good standing with respect to GPA and/or student status with PPCC.
  • Grades for courses completed at other institutions may be considered when determining membership eligibility.
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Phi Theta Kappa Membership Perks

New student members are formally welcomed with an Induction Ceremony by the Alpha Gamma Alpha Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.

Graduating members of Phi Theta Kappa may wear the Golden Honor Stole, Tassel, Cords, and Key Medallion during their commencement ceremony. They may also affix the Society's Gold Diploma Seal to their two-year college diploma and have their membership noted in their transcript.

There are a few programs that PTK has for its members to set them up for success in their academic and professional careers. These programs were designed with CTE and transfer students in mind.  

Employment EDGE is more suitable for students in the CTE Program. This helps students create resumes, learn networking, how to negotiate your salary, and learn how to build a digital footprint. It is a great tool to transition from an academic setting into employment.  

Transfer EDGE is for student who plan to transfer to a four-year college, guiding them in understanding financial aid and student loans, how to make the most of your campus visit, how to create a strong transfer application, and how to make a scholarship resume.  

Academic and leadership programs have been implemented into EDGE. Research EDGE is to help students conduct scholarly research. Though it is aimed more towards the research process for those participating in the Honors and Action project, it is beneficial to all students. You are given the best research practices, and if you are interested in the Honors in Action project, how to explore the basics and how to engage your chapters project.  

Competitive EDGE is for building your leadership skills. Focusing on soft skills alongside career panning, allows you to learn effective communication, how to best use your critical thinking and research skills, grow your emotional intelligence, gain cultural awareness, get organized, set goals, and test your professional etiquette. Having these skills are a great addition to put on a resume and to have in everyday life..  

We encourage our members to utilize these programs to better their chances in their academic and career endeavors. You can access these programs at any time, for free. Once you have accomplished a specific set of goals, you can adapt and use the program that best accommodates the stage you are in. If you would like to check them out, they are on PTK.org under the benefits tab.

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More than $90 million in transfer scholarships to many four-year colleges and universities are available to Phi Theta Kappa members. Some two-year college scholarships include the Pearson Scholarship for Higher Ed., GEICO Pathway to Completion, and the Oberndorf Lifeline to Completion Scholarship.

For scholarship information and deadlines, visit the Phi Theta Kappa Scholarships page.

At the request of the member, Phi Theta Kappa headquarters will send a letter of recommendation to college admission counselors, scholarship committees, or potential employers.

Members can take advantage of great offers, discounts, and a host of online benefits.

Active members in the Phi Theta Kappa chapters have an opportunity to travel to regional and national conferences.

Members have numerous opportunities to serve as chapter, regional, or even international officers. Leadership training is also available through seminars and conferences.

Visit the Phi Theta Kappa website for details!

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Dear  Ma’am or Sir:
Congratulations on earning the invitation to join the world's largest honor society for community college students, Phi Theta Kappa. Eligibility at Pikes Peak State College requires students to have a 3.25 GPA, and completion of twelve institution credits towards a declared associate degree or certificate program.   

Membership includes benefits designed to help you grow as a scholar and servant leader. Through your local chapter, you will gain the ability to network with your peers, to hone leadership skills, to research local issues, and to work with fellow chapter members in a team environment through the Honors in Action and Competitive Edge programming.  There are also more than $90 million in scholarships available to Phi Theta Kappa Members; those who get involved with their chapter may earn more scholarship monies.  Former officers in Phi Theta Kappa and Pikes Peak State College graduates used the experience they’ve gained in Phi Theta Kappa to earn transfer scholarships:   
Stephen Howard Guy earned $47,000 in scholarship monies to go to the University of Southern California.   

Samona  Doeman, Stephen Holms, and Ashlyn Morrison earned a Reisher Scholarship to attend the University of Colorado at Colorado Spring.   
Past President Laura Aguilar earned both grants and scholarships to help cover her cost at Colorado State Ft. Collins.  

Culinary CTE students Thomas Grabe and Betsy Anderson each earned a $30,000 scholarship to Johnson and Wales.   

Membership Fee Grant Opportunity: If you are actively receiving PELL Grant funds this semester, you may be eligible to receive a separate grant to pay the $80.00. If you believe you qualify, do NOT join online!  We will not be able to reimburse you.  Instead, fill out this online application, and submit it by July 27th, 2020. Please note, that this process can take up to eight weeks.  Also, funds are limited; apply early.  Students who are awarded this membership grant will not receive cash or check funds; Pikes Peak State College will pay Phi Theta Kappa directly if you are eligible.   

We encourage you to contact the Chapter President Puja Paudel and GET INVOLVED!     
Lance Bolton, Ph.D.  
Pikes Peak State College

Chapter Advisors

Glenn Rohlfing
Associate Professor of History

Ilah Jackson
Assistant Professor of ASL

Dre Guy