Phi Theta Kappa offers members opportunities to apply for nearly $90 million in scholarship opportunities from Phi Theta Kappa, partnering senior colleges, universities, and foundations – a benefit unmatched by any other honor society or organization.
To make the application process easier, we categorized the scholarships by types and provided an explanation and examples for each.
- Scholarships Through ptk.org
- Scholarships Through Four -Year Colleges and Universities
- Scholarships from Outside Foundations
- Scholarship Search Services
Phi Theta Kappa has two common applications, one during the Fall Semester and one during the Spring Semester. The common application process allows members to apply for multiple scholarships with just one application. When you begin each online application, you will first be required to take and pass an eligibility quiz found on my.ptk.org. The quiz will help you determine your eligibility for the scholarships that are available each semester.
All scholarships administered on the Fall Common Application are for use by students who are almost finished with their associate degree coursework and intend to enter the work force or intend to transfer to an accredited four-year college to complete a bachelor degree for the following upcoming academic year. The scholarships that are included in the Fall Common Application are:
- Hites Transfer Scholarship – 10 scholarships of $7,500 each
- Guistwhite Scholarship – 15 scholarships of $5,000 each
- GEICO Pathway to Completion – 2 scholarships of $1,500 each
- All-USA Community College Academic Team – 20 Scholarships of $2,500
- Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team
- 50 awards of $1,500
- 50 awards of $1,250
- 50 awards of $1,000
- Coca-Cola New Century Scholars – 52 scholarships of $2,000
All scholarships administered on the Spring Common Application are for use by students who are relatively new community college students and plan to attend the community college for associate degree coursework for the upcoming academic year. The scholarships that are included in the Spring Common Application are:
- Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholarship – 200 scholarships of $1,000 each
- GEICO Pathway to Completion – 2 scholarships of $1,000 each
- Pearson Scholarship for Higher Education – 10 scholarships of $5,000 each
- Richard L. Resurrection Public Safety – 2 scholarships of $1,000 each
- Frank Lanza Memorial Scholarship – 20 scholarships of $2,500 each
As members of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, you have proven that you are able to excel in an academic environment. In addition, research shows that students who transfer from community colleges tend to perform better academically at four-year institutions. As a result, four-year colleges and universities offer over $37 million in transfer scholarships for Phi Theta Kappa members. Scholarship amounts and requirements vary between each institution. Information about each scholarship can be accessed through the websites of each four-year institution, by contacting each college‘s admissions office, or by browsing the CollegeFish.org database.
Few examples of this type of transfer scholarships:
- Fairleigh Dickinson University -- $18,000 per year scholarship
- Columbia University -- $6,000 - $8,000 per year scholarship
- New Jersey Institution of Technology – Full tuition
- Rutgers University -- $8,000 scholarship
- New York University -- $2,500 scholarship
- Harvard University -- $3,300 scholarship
- Boston University – 50% of tuition
- Smith College -- $5,000 scholarship
- SUNY colleges and universities -- $2,000 scholarships
This is only a small sample of colleges and universities in the area. Phi Theta Kappa scholarships are offered by almost every four-year institution around the country. Please note that amounts are subject to change and that some scholarships have a limited number of recipients. A full list can be viewed on the CollegeFish.org website.
Scholarships that are administrated by outside foundations are also open to students who are not members of Phi Theta Kappa. While the scholarships are usually not exclusive, members of the society often receive preferred consideration. Those scholarships vary in their amounts, requirements, and deadlines. They typically focus on particular demographics of students.
Examples of outside foundations:
- The Bergen Community College Foundation
- Raises funds to support student scholarships, faculty and staff development, construction, and other special projects and programs for continuing the tradition of excellence in education provided by Bergen Community College.
- The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation
- A private, independent foundation dedicated to advancing the education of exceptionally promising students who have financial need (every year the foundation awards approximately 85 undergraduate students with a $40,000/year scholarship each).
- The Hispanic Scholarship Fund
- Provides scholarships to Latino students, as well as related support services.
- Jeannette Rankin Women‘s Scholarship Fund
- Provides scholarships and support for low-income women 35 and older across the U.S. to build better lives through college completion.
- International Scholar Laureate Program
- Provides selected Phi Theta Kappa members scholarships for study-abroad programs offered by the International Scholar Laureate Program (ISLP).
- Davis - Putter Scholarship Fund
- Provides grants to students actively working for peace and justice. These need-based scholarships are awarded to those able to do academic work at the university level and are part of a progressive movement on the campus and in the community.
- Patsy Takemoto Mink Education Fund
- Provides scholarships for low income women with children.
- American Chemical Society Scholars Program
- Awards renewable scholarships to underrepresented minority students who want to enter the fields of chemistry or chemistry-related fields.
Besides applying for the scholarships listed in the previous sections, students may also use various search services to find additional scholarships. Below is a list of potential search engines which our graduates found helpful. Most engines will require the user to create a profile, which will help the site match them with potential scholarships.
- College Board Scholarship Search
- International Scholarships (for study abroad programs)