Phi Theta Kappa

International Honor Society of the Two-Year College

Phi Theta Kappa Mission

"The purpose of Phi Theta Kappa shall be to recognize and encourage scholarship among two-year college students. To achieve this purpose, Phi Theta Kappa shall provide opportunity for the development of leadership and service, for an intellectual climate for exchange of ideas and ideals, for lively fellowship for scholars and for stimulation of interest in continuing academic excellence."

Continuing a Tradition of Excellence

Phi Theta Kappa, founded in 1918, is recognized as the official honor society for two-year colleges by the American Association of Community Colleges. Among the Society's distinguished alumni are the late Ambassador Jeane Kirkpatrick, astronaut Fred Haise and journalist Jim Lehrer.

Phi Theta Kappa: The Key Advantage

Membership in Phi Theta Kappa is a permanent recognition of your hard work and academic achievement. That is why membership in Phi Theta Kappa is a special honor.

Our organization offers unique scholarships, honors studies, leadership development and civic engagement opportunities. Colleges, universities and potential employers will recognize the significance of your membership.

Phi Theta Kappa Benefits


All members of Phi Theta Kappa may wear the golden honor stole and tassel and key medallion during their commencement ceremony. They may also affix the society's gold diploma seal to their two-year college diploma and have their membership noted in their transcript. Members automatically become nominated for the national dean's list.


More than $36 million in transfer scholarships are available to Phi Theta Kappa members. Other two-year college scholarships such as the Guistewhite Scholarship, Leaders of Promise and the $1000 Coca-Cola Scholarship are available. For the latest information, visit the Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship Page.


At the member's request, Phi Theta Kappa headquarters will send a letter of recommendation to college admission counselors, scholarship committees or potential employers.

Online Resources

Members can get connected to take advantage of great offers, discounts and a host of online benefits.

Paid Travel

Active members in the Phi Theta Kappa chapters have a chance to have their airplane and hotel expenses paid to participate in national or regional conferences.


Members have numerous opportunities to serve as chapter, regional or even international officers. Leadership training is also available to them through seminars and conferences.

Chapters at MCC

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