Phi Theta Kappa

About Phi Theta Kappa

Phi Theta Kappa is an international honor society recognizing excellence, hard work, good grades, leadership, and commitment. Founded in 1918, Phi Theta Kappa is the oldest and most prestigious honor society serving two-year colleges with an approximate membership of 3 million individuals across the United States and worldwide.

Its purpose is to recognize and encourage academic excellence among students of two-year colleges. It also aims to promote individual growth through programs that provide leadership training, continual scholarship, fellowship among scholars, and service to the college and the community.

Tallahassee Community College is home to the Rho Tau Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa.


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To be eligible for membership, a student must: 

  • Be currently enrolled at TCC 
  • Have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher 
  • Have completed at least 12 college-level credit hours toward a degree or certificate 
  • Adhere to the moral standards of the society

Membership in Phi Theta Kappa is by invitation only. Invitations are sent once every semester and contain the necessary registration information. 

Once you are invited, Phi Theta Kappa is easy to join, has a lifetime membership, and a one-time-only membership fee. Once you become a member, you keep your membership as long as your GPA meets the requirements. You may be as active in the organization as you like or have time for. 

Membership Perks


New student members are formally welcomed with an Induction Ceremony by the Rho Tau Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society at TCC.

Graduating members of Phi Theta Kappa may wear the Golden Honor Stole, Tassel, Cords, and Key Medallion during their commencement ceremony. They may also affix the Society's Gold Diploma Seal to their TCC diploma and have their membership noted in their transcript.


Chapter officers receive a $500 scholarship, and the ten most active members receive a $250 TCC Foundation PTK scholarship each Fall and Spring. 

More than $90 million in transfer scholarships to many four-year colleges and universities are available to Phi Theta Kappa members. Some two-year college scholarships include the Pearson Scholarship for Higher Ed., GEICO Pathway to Completion, and the Oberndorf Lifeline to Completion Scholarship. 

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


Members have ample opportunities to serve both the college and the community through tabling events, volunteering, community partnership, and other very rewarding projects.


Active members in the Phi Theta Kappa chapters have an opportunity to travel to regional and national conferences.

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