SPC’s Phi Theta Kappa Chapter Earns REACH Rewards Membership Recognition

February 26, 2021

The St. Philip’s College Psi Kappa Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) was recently recognized by the Recognizing Excellence in Acceptance and Completion with Honors Rewards (REACH). The REACH Rewards program celebrates the recruitment efforts of chapters that are growing in membership. St. Philip’s PTK Chapter is one of 1,081 that received this distinction. The Chapter’s distinction provides free PTK graduation stoles to chapter officers and members to wear during graduation in celebration of the College’s membership milestone.

“Our PTK leadership team is invested in our student’s future, offering them opportunities to be engaged within the Chapter, college, and the community provides invaluable experiences and connections that are essential to their academic and professional growth. In 2020, our Chapter’s Acceptance Rate of 21% reflected our student’s persistence and grit. Students are committed to completing their college credentials and PTK is one step in the right direction. We are truly honored and humbled for this recognition,” said PTK Advisor, Maria Botello.

Phi Theta Kappa, founded in 1918, is recognized as the official honor society for two-year colleges by the American Association of Community Colleges. The purpose of PTK is to recognize and encourage scholarships among two-year college students. To achieve this, PTK provides an opportunity for the development of leadership and service, an intellectual climate for exchange of ideas and ideals, lively fellowship for scholars and stimulation of interest in continuing academic excellence.

The St. Philip’s College Psi Kappa Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa was established in 1972 and has held a 5 Star Chapter status for 10 years in a row –an award that honors community service commitment. During the 2019-2020 academic year, students contributed over 1,000 volunteer hours toward organizations across the city. Additional Chapter accolades at a regional level include Friend of Texas Award, Hall of Honor, Horizon Award – Distinguished Advisor, Most Distinguished Advisor for the Texas Region, Scholarship Hallmark Award, Regional Milestone Award, Distinguished Chapter Member Award, Yearbook Award, Top 3 Chapter for 2012, Icarus Award, Texas Awards, Hallmark Service Award, and All-Texas Academic Team.

There are currently 2,732 enrolled students holding PTK distinction. Membership is based on superior academic achievement and is conferred only by invitation of the St. Philip's College Psi Kappa Chapter. Student members have access to $48 million in scholarships — $1 million in competitive scholarships through the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation and more than $46 million in transfer scholarships to over 850 four-year colleges.

To learn more about the St. Philip’s College Phi Theta Kappa Chapter, click here.

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