First-Ever Virtual Catalyst
Meeting the most important challenge of 2020, PTK’s annual convention, PTK Catalyst, was sharply turned into a completely virtual experience. Even at the outset of the pandemic, Catalyst was not something that we were willing to let go of—primarily because it is the place that our members and colleges receive recognition on a national stage for their work in areas including undergraduate research and community service.
Our first large-scale virtual event allowed us to recognize PTK’s most distinguished chapters and scholarship recipients on what turned out to be our largest stage to date. We were also able to elect and formally install the organization’s newest International Officer Team. Although last year’s PTK Catalyst was a completely re-imagined experience, we saw enthusiasm and active participation among constituents.
The pandemic also changed the delivery of PTK’s summer institute for Leadership Certification—PTK’s most anticipated leadership experience for community college educators. Across multiple virtual sessions, 85 educators from 23 states, one tribal college, Canada, and the British Virgin Islands were trained to teach PTK Leadership Development.
We awarded more than $918,000 in scholarships in 2020 through our Foundation and corporate partners. Two of our most prestigious scholarship programs are the New Century Scholars, which is sponsored by the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation and The Coca-Cola Foundation and recognizes both transfer- and workforce-bound students, and the 20-member All-USA Academic Team. Students were selected for their intellectual rigor, academic achievement, leadership, and civic growth, and for extending their educational experiences to better themselves, their schools, and their surrounding communities. More than 2,000 students were nominated by their colleges for the scholarship programs.
“The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation has a long history of providing financial assistance to outstanding students at community colleges. We are proud to partner with Phi Theta Kappa to make it possible for more deserving students to achieve their educational goals and support tomorrow’s leaders of the global community.”
– Jane Hale Hopkins
President, Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation