PTK relies on partnerships and support from college administrators, volunteer advisors, community businesses, and national non-profits to provide unmatched benefits and opportunities to our members. We also strive to provide these partners with recognition and opportunities to lead and serve within the organization.
Dr. Warren Brown, president of North Seattle College in Washington, led community college presidents in his state in a proclamation recognizing PTK as the official honor society for the state of Washington.
Dr. Warren Brown
president of North Seattle College in Washington
Dr. Hal Higdon, president of Ozarks Technical Community College, began setting aside money in the college’s general budget in 2017 to cover the membership fees for all eligible students. More than 750 new members were inducted this year.
Dr. Hal Higdon
President of Ozarks Technical Community College in Missouri
Dr. Michael Chipps retired after 40 years as president of Northeast Community College in Nebraska. His guidance has been integral as we have expanded our programs and benefits for career-technical students.
Dr. Michael Chipps
Former President of Northeast Community College in Nebraska
Jill Board, president of Cerro Coso Community College in California, has been an instrumental leader as PTK extended membership to those incarcerated or on parole. An associate degree reduces recidivism rates by 16%, and a bachelor’s degree drops it to just 6%.
President of Cerro Coso Community College in California
Phi Theta Kappa is dedicated to working as a part of the larger community of community college champions.
In early 2019, we announced a partnership with Walgreens to offer up to 65 scholarships of $130 each to cover the cost of certification exam fees for members enrolled in Allied Health or Pharmacy Technician programs.
THE MELLON FOUNDATION
Our new partnership with The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation will enable us to expand our honors program and give mini-grants to help PTK chapters complete their Honors in Action projects.
ASSOCIATION OF COMMUNITY COLLEGE TRUSTEES (ACCT)
We recognized the Coca-Cola New Century Workforce Scholars from each state at the Leadership Congress in San Francisco in October 2019. New Century Workforce Scholars are sponsored by The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation.
ACHIEVING THE DREAM
The Phi Theta Kappa Foundation recognized the Dream Scholars in Long Beach, California, with a $1,000 scholarship for each scholar.
THE JACK KENT COOKE FOUNDATION (JKCF)
For the second year, JKCF has generously supported the publication of Civic Scholar: Phi Theta Kappa Journal of Undergraduate Research, which showcases some of the most impactful research and projects undertaken by PTK chapters.
Hites Transfer Scholarship
We were saddened to learn of the passing of Jackie Hites, a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation Board of Trustees who, with her late husband Ray, established a $2.3 million scholarship endowment to fund the Hites Transfer Scholarships in 2010. Ten scholarships of $7,500 each are awarded annually, making it PTK’s largest scholarship award.
“I still remember getting the call in the weeks before I started at Emory University. I was so happy and proud. The Hites Scholarship is the most prestigious scholarship I applied for, and it was incredibly honoring to be selected. My hard work in community college felt validated, and the award gave me confidence starting at my new school.
“The scholarship significantly decreased my undergraduate student loans, which was a major weight off of my shoulders. When considering my job options after graduating, I wasn’t constrained by the need to make a large payment and was able to pursue a career I love immediately.
“Thank you for supporting an often overlooked group of students! Community colleges receive so much less support than four-year institutions but support so many first-generation and otherwise less-advantaged students.”
“I remember the video interview in which I got told that I was going to receive the Hites Scholarship. It didn’t feel real that I was receiving this distinction, but I also felt like transferring to a four-year college immediately became more financially attainable for me.
“It is hard to express my gratitude for the financial support that the Hites Foundation provided me during my undergraduate studies. This support enabled me to do well academically, completing my B.S. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology summa cum laude and receiving highest honors in my major. On top of being able to focus on courses, I was also able to participate in undergraduate research, which ultimately made me a competitive and successful applicant to graduate school.
“I want to wholeheartedly and sincerely thank the Hites Family for the honor of the award and the financial support, which has significantly helped me through my academic journey. Thank you for continuing to offer this generous award to help transfer students, who often faced unique hardships and where financial support may be limited. These opportunities change lives, and I will forever be grateful for how it has changed mine!”
“[Being named a Hites Scholar] was a great honor and recognition of the hard work and effort I have invested in my education and local community.
“[The scholarship] helped me to focus my time and energy on scholastic achievements and furthering my education. In turn, this helped me to graduate UC Davis with my undergrad degree in biochemistry and molecular biology and ultimately complete medical school at the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine.
“I wish to express my sincere appreciation and gratitude to the Hites Family. The Hites Transfer Scholarship was such an incredible honor and a boost in my education right when I needed it most. Thank you again.”
International Honorary Member
This year we recognized Dr. Barbara Gellman-Danley as an International Honorary Member for her service as a community college administrator and president and for her ongoing leadership in the higher education community to ensure that institutions have the resources, programs, and services to fulfill their missions — evidence of her support for student success.
International Honorary Membership is not given every year, but only when an individual has been identified who has over time provided exceptional support to student success. During the 101 years of the Society’s existence, fewer than 40 International Honorary Members have been named.
President of the Higher Learning Commission, Illinois