Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society

2019 Annual Report

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The mission of Phi Theta Kappa is to recognize academic achievement of college students and to provide opportunities for them to grow as scholars and leaders.


Phi Theta Kappa’s vision is to make the benefits of membership accessible to all deserving college students.

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Our Work is Guided
by Four Hallmarks

Leadership | Scholarship | Fellowship | service

Leadership PTK


We give opportunities for leadership experience and character development.


We recognize those who excel academically and strive to reach a higher level of learning.


We gather a community of like-minded individuals who share ideas and ideals.
Service PTK


We emphasize service to others, both on college campuses and in their communities.


Active Members

1 %

Student Success Rate

$ 1 M

in Scholarship Opportunities

Phi Theta Kappa at its Best

Dr. Lynn Tincher-Ladner

Our President and CEO

Dear Students, Advisors, and Friends:

Phi Theta Kappa is at its best when we go beyond the recognition of academic excellence and provide students with opportunities to make the most of their community college experience. At our best, we provide students with meaningful ways to engage with peers, college faculty and staff, and their communities. At our best, students have opportunities to explore and solve complex issues through their active participation in undergraduate research through Phi Theta Kappa’s Honors in Action program.

 At our best, Phi Theta Kappa helps students reach their academic and career goals, by providing pathways to transfer and employment.

Phi Theta Kappa is at its best when we are inclusive and equitable for all students. In 2019, returning citizen James Elliott was elected by his peers as International President, representing more than 250,000 active members. This is Phi Theta Kappa at its best.

Phi Theta Kappa is at its best when we do more for more students. In 2019, we continued to support transfer students through scholarships and programs designed to help them successfully transfer after graduation; while also placing an increased emphasis on providing resources to students planning to enter the workforce immediately after graduation. Last year, we launched “Employment Edge” – a self-guided, online curriculum designed to help students successfully transition from the classroom to workforce. This is
Phi Theta Kappa at its best.
Dr. Lynn Tincher-Ladner, PTK President and CEO

Phi Theta Kappa is at its best when we increase the value of membership, without increasing the cost. In 2019, a higher percentage of eligible students accepted membership than ever before, demonstrating that Phi Theta Kappa is as relevant today as it was 101 years ago.

In 2019, Phi Theta Kappa was at its best in so many ways, and I am happy to share the year’s highlights with you through Phi Theta Kappa’s 2019 Annual Report.


Lynn Tincher-Ladner, Ph.D.
PTK President and CEO

Explore how we impacted student success in 2019

Preparing for Work, Supporting Transfer

Personalizing Outreach, Expanding Recognition 

Supporting Advisors, Engaging Members

Building Diversity, Increasing Degree Completion

Growing Partnerships, Giving Opportunities to Lead

2019 Year-End Financials