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Scholarship is the first Hallmark of Phi Theta Kappa. Phi Theta Kappa celebrates and promotes academic excellence and this is its core mission. Phi Theta Kappa offers membership and recognition to students who are enrolled in a community college, and typically offers membership to students who have earned a GPA of at least 3.50 and at least 12 credits. (Please see your college’s bylaws for membership eligibility) Phi Theta Kappa offers additional research opportunities through their Honors in Action program which allows members to create a project to benefit their campus, community, and beyond.


Leadership is the second Hallmark of Phi Theta Kappa. Phi Theta Kappa offers many opportunities for members to develop leadership skills. Leadership is developed through holding chapter, regional, or international officer positions; participating in Honors in Action projects, College Projects, Community College Completion Corps campaigns, service projects, and various chapter activities. Leadership skills are a valuable asset to becoming a better person and citizen, and will makes you more marketable as a transfer student or employee.


Service is the third Hallmark of Phi theta Kappa. Performing Service in the college or community helps members develop leadership skills and makes their college or community a better place. Service projects include the service or advocacy piece of your chapter’s Honors in Action projects, College Projects, College Completion Corps campaigns, community service projects, and various chapter activities.


Fellowship is the fourth Hallmark of Phi Theta Kappa. Fellowship helps the other three Hallmarks function more smoothly. Engaging in Scholarship, Leadership, and Service can be challenging, but Fellowship helps create a sense of camaraderie among members which can reduce the stress that challenges bring. Fellowship also serves to bond a team, makes activities more enjoyable, and helps create a network of friends and professional resources that members will be able to take with them beyond the community college.