The Phi Theta Kappa international academic honor society chapter at Meridian Community College earned the organization’s Recognizing Excellence in Acceptance and Completion with Honors Award (REACH) for excelling in membership development.
MCC’s Nu Upsilon Chapter was applauded for its membership development endeavors with the REACH Rewards program.
“We created this program because we believe strongly in the mission of Phi Theta Kappa and want as many students as possible to receive the benefits of membership — including scholarships and increased opportunities for engagement with peers and faculty on campus — which lead to higher rates of completion,” said Dr. Lynn Tincher-Ladner, PTK president and CEO.
Phyllis Holladay, MCC PTK advisor, said the local chapter aspires to improve. “We strive to be more visible on and off-campus in various events to let others know the benefits of being a member of PTK,” she said.
As a reward of the REACH, graduation stoles denoting their PTK membership are given to PTK chapters. Nu Upsilon received 15 stoles.
Ninety-one percent of Phi Theta Kappa members will complete an associate degree or transfer to a four-year college, compared to just 38 percent of students nationally. Members have access to $46 million in scholarships — $2 million in competitive scholarships through the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation and more than $44 million in transfer scholarships to over 800 four-year colleges.
“Real transformation happens when students get engaged in campus programming and activities designed to help them explore leadership opportunities and utilize personal development resources provided by PTK,” said Christin Grissom, PTK’s vice president of scholarship and membership. “We couldn’t be prouder of our REACH Chapters for their work in encouraging PTK membership acceptance, which unlocks limitless opportunities for deserving students.”