Theta Kappa is an International Honor Society, for which you pay a one time
$70 fee to have access to a professional development group, a scholarship
search program, and additional scholarships only available to PTK members.
Joining will always be a good line on your resume, but you may not get much
benefit out of it unless you are applying for the scholarships or planning on
transferring to a 4-year college that gives an automatic scholarship to PTK
must have at least 12 credits at LaGuardia Community College and a 3.5 GPA.
Once you fit the criteria, you will automatically receive an invitation to join
PTK through mail and email. We send invitations to students after each semester
is completed. For instance, if you qualify in Fall I, you will receive an
invitation in January/February.
time you choose to put into the chapter is up to you. You can not be involved
at all and still be a member or you can get very involved, as an officer. The
time commitment is your choice. Being involved will give you a better
experience as a member. Involvement can range from attending general meetings
to participating in volunteer activities to being an officer. The time can
range from less than 1 hour per week to 8 hours per week.
You can find out more about Phi Theta Kappa by checking out our Facebook page or LaGuardia website. You can also by meeting with us in the chapter office in the C-Building, Room C-740. Please check the office hours calendar to see if any officers are available to chat with you to answer your specific questions. We are happy to make appointments or see you at our campus events.
passwords can be tricky and the system is very finicky! You need to enter it in
all capital letters (no period at the end). If this still doesn't work, please
let us know.
you are an ASAP student, please contact Caroline Mendez in the ASAP office for
details about having the program pay for your PTK membership.
your code expires, you need to be re-invited to join PTK. Those who qualified
by taking courses in the 6 week sessions will be invited in either March or
September after the grades have been posted for that session. Those taking
classes in the 12 week sessions will be invited to join in July or January
after the grades have been posted for that session.
Please contact our advisors, Dr. Dana Trusso (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Ann Matsuuchi (email@example.com) to resolve this issue with your membership code.
can join PTK by following the instructions in the email or letter you received.
The payment is made online at PTK.org, where you navigate to the 'Become a
Member' link. You will be prompted for your special access code, included in
the letter or email to you. You will be able to pay the $70 fee via credit card
once you complete filling out your details.
When you pay the one time $70 fee you are a member of PTK for life. There is nothing more you need to do, unless you would like to become involved with chapter activities. The main benefits of this Honor Society come from what you put into it. If you are ready to invest some time with the chapter, you will learn leadership, fellowship and service skills. We also have scholarship research projects to help build these skills.
Your membership allows you online access to Competitive Edge, a professional development group, access to LAGCC’s leadership training program.
As a member, you may qualify for scholarships depending on certain criteria. Depending on where you are planning to transfer and how much time you have left at LAGCC you may also qualify for additional scholarships.
We do offer a membership scholarship. Please contact the advisors for the application. Should you decide to fulfill the criteria for the scholarship, you will need to schedule a meeting with Dr. Dana Trusso (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Ann Matsuuchi, (email@example.com), to discuss the details and any questions you may have.
you are graduating within the next semester, we would advise against joining
PTK since you will not receive any benefits from paying the $70 membership fee,
unless you are transferring to some colleges outside of the CUNY system.
are invited based on credits, GPA, and enrollment in the following semester. If
you have completed 12 credits and have a 3.5 GPA, you should be invited to join.
If you have not received an invitation and believe that you should have, the
reason could be that you were not registered for the next semester at the time
the registrar generated the list of qualified students.
a rule, students who will not be at LAGCC the following semester are not
invited to join Phi Theta Kappa because it is not going to be of any service to
you to join during your last semester at LaGuardia.
you are still a student and have met the criteria, please contact an advisor
for further guidance.
offers 2 types of scholarships. The first is an automatic transfer scholarship,
where, if you attend certain universities outside of the CUNY system, you will
be offered some amount of money as a scholarship. You can ask your transfer
institutions about these PTK Transfer scholarships or use CollegeFish.org (a
benefit for all PTK members) to search for 4 year institutions which offer Phi
Theta Kappa scholarships.
second type of scholarship is those which one applies for. PTK has a Spring
Common Application for scholarships which apply to your tuition if you are
staying at your 2-year institution the following academic year. The Fall Common
Application offers scholarships which, if won, will go with you to your chosen
transfer institution. Both rounds of these scholarship applications rely on PTK
involvement with the chapter.
one exception is the All-USA scholarship, which is open to all students and is
advertised to students in the fall semester. There is an internal deadline to
submit this application, your application go through a selection committee and
of all applications submitted at LAGCC, 2 students are selected as LAGCC’s
nominees for this scholarship. If you miss the internal deadline, you cannot
apply for this scholarship.
you have joined PTK after the Fall Common application closes (in December) and
are graduating in June, the only scholarships available to you through PTK are
the PTK transfer scholarships offered by each institution (the first type of
scholarship described above).
Elections for chapter officers are in April. To qualify you must:
The Honor Program fulfills multiple dimensions of Phi Theta Kappa's purpose. It is designed to:
For the first purpose of our mission — fostering a stimulating intellectual environment — the Honor Program foundation and focus is the Honors Study Topic. The biennial topic is an interdisciplinary, contemporary topic of interest related to global challenges. Members explore the topic with the multitude of perspectives that their personal experiences and academic studies provide.
For the second purpose of our mission — creating opportunities for leadership and action — the Honor Program provides guidance through a process called Honors in Action for taking action based upon new knowledge related to the themes of the Honors Study Topic.
Completing this project is one of the criteria for being a 5 star chapter. See the Honor Program Guide for the latest HIA study topic.
Our chapter meets
towards the end of the Spring semester to choose a topic and begin research on
our HIA project. We meet weekly throughout the summer to discuss what we have
found, narrow our research to a topic questions, do more research to answer the
question, and finally we plan an event for our peers to demonstrate what we
have learned in our research.
You can attend
meetings, contribute to research, help plan the event, or volunteer at the
The College Project is
an open project which our chapter does to assist LAGCC with one of its yearly
goals. In summer, we meet with Provost Paul Arcario to discuss possible
projects. In the past, we have assisted the college in creating the LAGCC app
for smart phones, we have investigated the best ways to contact students, and
currently we are working on making Thomson Avenue a safer place.
Contact one of the
officers or advisors for more information about getting involved.
$70 fee is a membership fee established by International Headquarters, the New
York Region, and our local chapter. $60 goes to Headquarters for their
activities, $5 goes to the New York Region to help fund regional activities,
and $5 goes to our chapter to help fund scholarships for LAGCC members.
you've joined, you only need to maintain a Grade Point Average of 3.0. If your
grade drops down below a 3.0, your membership will be temporarily "frozen"
until your grades are back up.
don't "need" to do anything unless you want to. You should received a
membership packet, with a pin, certificate, and membership card within 2
months. If you do not receive this, please call headquarters (1.800.946.9995) to let them know.
Our meetings are on Wednesdays from 2:30-4:30pm and to get
involved with the activities. We do not meet every Wednesday, so please check
our Facebook page or website for meetings dates, times, and locations.
free to contact any of our officers or advisors.
the Honors Program and Phi Theta Kappa are great opportunities for motivated
students to gain more skills and experience. The Honors Program is a unique
program established by LaGuardia Community College. If you are in the Honors Program, you are taking academic classes. Phi Theta Kappa is the International
Honor Society of the Two-Year Colleges, there are no classes attached to this
society. All work done is co-curricular. You don't have to pick one over the
other. Many of our members are also scholars of the Honors Program.