Phi Theta Kappa Promotes Scholarship, Leadership, Service and Fellowship.

Written by a Student Contributor   // October 1, 2013   // 2 Comments


Mirna G. Gutierrez CCBC Essex

Phi Theta Kappa is an organization that allows individuals to succeed and helps them reach their goals,” said a very proud and enthusiastic Sagar Chapagain, a Biological Science and Pre-Medicine major at CCBC Essex.

Proudly wearing his chapters’ t-shirt letting his surroundings know how involved he is in this organization he agreed to share some information with Mirna G. Gutierrez a Communications Major at CCBC Essex.

Though Mr. Chapagain had multiple friends that were part of the organization he had his own reasons for joining, “Some of my friends were officers while others were members so I got a chance to experience the advantage of becoming a member… there are millions of dollars of scholarships available as a transfer student and all members have access to these. All we have to do is apply!”

Intrigued by the chance to have access to many scholarships and being able to transfer and attend a university free of charge is one of the reasons Chapagain wanted to join PTK.

“Phi Theta Kappa provides an opportunity to grow not only as a student but also as a leader and to create a difference in society.” Sure of what he wants in his future, Chapagain appears to be a very intelligent and determined young man who is willing to take advantage of being part of this organization as it provides many resources to guarantee his success in life.

Sagar Chapagain first became aware of the “Chi Theta chapter,” Phi Theta Kappa’s International Honors Society his second semester at CCBC Essex; first becoming a member and now being the Vice-President.

Knowing pretty well the type of organization he takes part in he tells the story of how the organization first came to be. “Phi Theta Kappa traces its beginnings to a Society that originated with six charter members under the name of Kappa Phi Omicron at Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri, in 1910. The Society continued to grow and in the spring of 1918 was one of many honorary groups in Missouri. At a meeting of the presidents of the Missouri junior colleges for women in 1918, it was decided to organize a new honorary society, chapters of which would have a common character, stand and similarity of organization. The name Phi Theta Kappa was chosen, and the Society was incorporated in Missouri as a national organization.”

How did it become international?

In 1924 through constitutional amendment, the field of activity was enlarged to cover all junior colleges. In 1926, Phi Theta Kappa expanded beyond the borders of Missouri and into coeducational institutions. The American Association of Junior Colleges (now known as the American Association of Community Colleges or AACC) recognized Phi Theta Kappa as the official honor society for two-year colleges in 1929.

Does the organization celebrate the day that they were founded?

The annual meeting is held November 18 and 19 in Atlantic City, New Jersey, the AACC officially recognizes Phi Theta Kappa as the national honor society for junior colleges and November 19 is recognized annually as Phi Theta Kappa Founders Day.

Who formed part of the board of directors?

Dr. Dale Parnell, President of the American Association of Community Colleges, was elected to the Phi Theta Kappa Board of Directors in 1988.

What is the organization recognized for? What is its mission?

The National Awards Program is reorganized to reflect the Society’s Hallmarks of Scholarship, Leadership, Service and Fellowship. According to a CCBC Media Release, Its mission is to encourage the academic achievement of two-year college students and provide opportunities for individual growth and development through participating in honors, leadership, service and fellowship programming.

What are some of the benefits of becoming a member?

You can receive The Phi Theta Kappa Golden Key Membership Pin, A Phi Theta Kappa Membership Certificate and ID Card, Recognition during college induction ceremony, The official Seal of Phi Theta Kappa placed on your college diploma, Notation of membership on your college transcript, Recognition by wearing Phi Theta Kappa Commencement Regalia during college graduation also a Press Release announcing your academic achievement.

What are some scholarship opportunities?

Phi Theta Kappa members have access to more than $37 million in scholarships, a benefit unmatched by other honor societies. Transfer Scholarships, more than $37 million in transfer scholarships available to Phi Theta Kappa members are available at over 700 four-year colleges and universities.

What Chapter is at CCBC Essex?

The Phi Theta kappa Chapter in CCBC Essex is called “Chi Theta”. All community colleges have their own chapters, so each CCBC campus also has their own chapters.

How can someone join?

In order to become a member, one must be a student at CCBC and must have completed a minimum of 12 credits… also have a minimum GPA of 3.5; and generally students who fulfill the requirements are invited to join this honor society through their CCBC email address. All accepted students receive a conformation email and are asked to join the induction ceremony where they will be formally inducted as Phi Theta Kappa Members.

Sagar Chapagain, one of the many students at community college wants, “to grow not only as a student but also as a leader,” he wants to make a difference in society.

Being an active member and officer of this organization is helping him improve himself as well as encouraging others to better themselves and getting involved in organizations that can only better their futures.

“Recently, we organized a ‘Commit to Complete’ campaign at the welcome back fair at CCBC and many students signed the pledge to complete their education at CCBC … Many others got the information about becoming a member and the opportunities phi theta kappa provides to grow and flourish as a student and a community leader.”Chapagain does not want anyone to be left behind, “We officers are here to help with by any means possible.”

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  1. By Prag, November 3, 2013

    Great article on Phi Theta Kappa. Thank you for covering it in the news.

    2012-2013 Chi Theta President

  2. By Sagar Chapagain, February 12, 2014

    Thank you for writing such a great story about me and the Phi Theta Kappa! Appreciate it!


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