PTK chapters served more than 250,000 members in 2019, but even more students are eligible for membership. These students aren’t just missing out on key benefits; engagement on campus has been proven to increase the chances of degree completion.

International President and Returning Citizen

James Elliott was one of the first students to take advantage of the 2018 changes to PTK’s constitution, allowing high-achieving incarcerated and returning citizens to join PTK. James became a PTK member at Delaware Technical College as a returning citizen and was later elected 2019 Phi Theta Kappa International President by his peers. 

James Elliott

International President Delaware Technical Community College – Wilmington Campus, Delaware

Celebrating 13 New Chapters

Phi Theta Kappa continues to establish new chapters on community college campuses in the U.S. and abroad.

Cabrillo College, California
Carrington College, California
City College of San Francisco, California
Bethlehem Moravian College, Jamaica
Moneague College, Jamaica
Stephens College, Missouri
Pennsylvania Highlands Community College, Pennsylvania
Keiser University-New Port Richey, Florida
Foothill College, California
College of Agriculture, Science, & Education, Jamaica
Portmore Community College, Jamaica
Delaware County Community College, Pennsylvania
University of South Dakota, Community College of Sioux Falls, South Dakota

The Beta Psi Omicron Chapter in South Dakota put Phi Theta Kappa in all 50 states.

“For the first time, we’re able to provide our current and future high-achieving students with opportunities to utilize their leadership skills to enhance the campus and local communities. This is a place that cares about the success of its students, and it’s exciting to see the unmitigated support across the board for our involvement with the organization and the importance of student growth and leadership.”

— Adam Strenge, advisor

The Beta Chi Upsilon Chapter at Bermuda College added another country to PTK’s international roster.

“It’s important to recognize scholarship, and through PTK, we have a unique opportunity at Bermuda College to institutionalize this. Through the launch of PTK at Bermuda College, we are pioneers who are promoting academic excellence and helping students develop their leadership skills.”

— Dr. Lisa Osborne, advisor

Four colleges in Jamaica chartered new chapters this year.

“Part of my duty here is to create opportunities for outreach for scholarships and international awareness for four-year colleges, and I thought Phi Theta Kappa would be the perfect avenue for students to go through to access scholarships at these universities.”

— Monique Oates, advisor of the Beta Psi Iota Chapter, The College of Agriculture, Science, and Education

After 60 years, the Alpha Chapter at Stephens College in Missouri — one of the original eight founding chapters — was reactivated and began inducting members.

“Our PTK heritage is one which also exhibits our foundational commitment to all students. The PTK elements of leadership and service are something we live here. PTK is Stephens College; Stephens College is PTK.”

— Dr. Brian Sajko, advisor of the Alpha Chapter, Stephens College

“We viewed this as an opportunity to increase access to an organization that provides academic, social, and financial support to an otherwise vulnerable population of students. Ultimately, the WHEF grant could provide a model for other organizations and states seeking to achieve high impact in the two-year environment.”

— Jim McHale, President and CEO, Woodward Hines Education Foundation


Now in our third year of Golden Opportunity membership scholarships, we have raised $700,000 to help students who cannot afford the cost of membership.

In January, we received a three-year $440,000 grant from the Woodward Hines Education Foundation (WHEF) to fund Golden Opportunity scholarships to more than 6,000 high-need students in Mississippi. WHEF previously funded 750 Golden Opportunity scholarships waivers and saw a 97% student success rate among recipients. Read more.