Phi Theta Kappa
Phi Theta Kappa is the only national honor society for students of two-year (junior and community) colleges. Once eligible students have applied and are accepted, they pay a one-time membership fee which entitles them to membership and access to PTK benefits for life.
Members are encouraged not only to achieve continuing academic distinction but also to develop leadership and service habits.
The chartered chapter at Arizona Western College in 2004 is Sigma Beta. While Sigma Beta is not part of Honors, it is run (housed) within the AWC Honors program.
Standards of Excellence
To be eligible for membership in the Sigma Beta chapter a student must:
- Have completed a minimum of twelve credits of college transferrable course work at Arizona Western College.
- Have at the time of application a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher at Arizona Western College. Thereafter a student must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 (at minimum). Students falling below this level will be placed on probation for one semester; remaining below the minimum threshold will result in the removal of the student’s name from the chapter and International rolls of Phi Theta Kappa.
How to Join Phi Theta Kappa
- Pick up from the Honors office (in LR 086) a printed application form. Pay a $70 application fee at the AWC business office. Then return your completed application form, a payment receipt, and a current unofficial transcript to the Honors office.
- Your name, personal information, and payment is forwarded by the Honors office to the national Phi Theta Kappa headquarters. In return you will return a certificate and membership pin in the mail within the next four to six weeks.
- Each spring in May, as part of the Honors Convocation celebration, an induction ceremony for new Phi Theta Kappa members (who joined during the academic year) is included.
- Students may participate in the weekly meetings, as well as the social and service activities, of Sigma Beta.
- Scholarship opportunities are available by exploring the national Phi Theta Kappa website, www.ptk.org.