Phi Theta Kappa

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"The mission of Phi Theta Kappa is to recognize academic achievement of college students and to provide opportunities for them to grow as scholars and leaders."

For more than 100 years, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society has helped millions of high-achieving college students reach their full potential. We don't just recognize their academic success; we give them opportunities to develop professional and leadership skills, earn scholarships, explore career paths - and make their worlds a lot bigger.

There's no better time to join PTK's Alpha Omicron Eta Chapter here at SSCC! Recognized as 2020's Most Distinguished Ohio Region Chapter, the chapter achieved many historical "firsts". The "Catch a Shining Star Award" was received for becoming a 5-star chapter, the highest level awarded. As a REACH achiever, the chapter's rate for Recognizing Excellence in Acceptance and Completion with Honors needs you to continue the trend. As a new member, you are in good company with Savannah Frost, named as Ohio Region's Most Valuable Member. Along with this good company, you are supported by faculty, staff, and administration, including Horizon Award winner, Susan Morris, your chapter advisor and Dr. Kevin Boys recognized as PTK's 2020 Shirley B. Gordon Distinguished Administrator. The Chapter received their first Ohio Region Hallmark Award for their college project, Honors in Action Theme Award and 2nd overall runner up for their Honors in Action Project, also recognized as the Most Distinguished Ohio Region Chapter in the Western District. What's in it for you? This all adds up to open doors of opportunity that only exists with you PTK membership.


Scholarship is the first Hallmark of Phi Theta Kappa. Phi Theta Kappa celebrates and promotes academic excellence and this is its core mission.


Leadership is the second Hallmark of Phi Theta Kappa. Phi Theta Kappa offers many opportunities for members to develop leadership skills.


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.


Fellowship is the fourth Hallmark of Phi Theta Kappa. Fellowship helps the other three Hallmarks function more smoothly.

Still not sure? View the Officers & Advisor page to view some reasons that our members believe accepting your membership would be a life-changing decision.

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  • The Southern State PTK Advisor, Susan Morris, was featured in the 2022 Partners in Excellence publication.
  • Nearly $1 million in competitive scholarships are offered through PTK's Foundation to support students to complete a degree.

    PTK's Scholarship Application is open year-round with two deadlines. The application is available at

    Spring Programs: Leaders of Promise, Oberndorf, IPSLEI, & Workforce Development Scholarships

    Fall Programs: All-USA, New Century, Coca-Cola Academic Team, Guistwhite, Hites, Oberndorf, TEK, Workforce Development, & GEICO Scholarships

    Log in to your application at the beginning of each semester to update your eligibility quiz and see if you are eligible for scholarships.
  • Congratulations to Brock Morris for being named the Ohio Region Buckeye Scholar and a 2020 Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholar and received scholarships totaling $1,500.
  • Congratulations to Alyssa Mays for being selected as a 2021 Coca-Cola Academic Team Silver Scholar, a $1,250 scholarship.
  • Congratulations to Savannah Frost for receiving The 2020 Hallmark Award for the Ohio Region's Most Valuable PTK Member.