By Gabrielle Ignotis
Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) international honor society emailed membership invitations for MCC students last month to honor high achieving students.
Charlotte Quigley, the adviser of the PTK chapter at MCC, said the scholarship opportunities PTK offers are huge.
To be considered for membership, students must have a declared major, have completed at least 12 credits towards their major and attained a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher, Quigley said.
She also said students are required to enter their contact information and pay a $75 fee.
Quigley said that the formal induction ceremony will be held on Feb. 26.
According to ptk.org, scholarship applications for Fall 2020 open in March.
Even though the email invitation says students have until May 31, Quigley said she recommends students accept as soon as possible to take advantage of these opportunities.
PTK has been working with schools to recognize high achieving students and to provide opportunities for students for more than 100 years, according to ptk.org.
These opportunities include workshops, potential internships and scholarship options, according to ptk.org.
“There are national scholarships that you could apply for individually. There are transfer scholarships at literally every college you can think of,” she said.
She also said, “Kean [University] gives $2,000 […] to every PTK member who transfers to Kean. Any school you can mention has something available for PTK [members].”
In addition to the academic features of the program, Quigley said PTK also offers community service opportunities.
She said, “We’re very involved with service activities, and we’re very involved with things that support the college community.”
One of the presidents of the chapter, Alexander Salazar, said Middlesex’s chapter directed a program to raise awareness about greenhouse gas emissions last year.
He also said that this semester the chapter is planning a beach cleanup, among other service opportunities.
Quigley said PTK invites new members to the chapter at the beginning of each semester.
PTK will then contact students about registering for the formal induction ceremony and the chapter’s Canvas page, said Quigley.
To any students who are uncertain if PTK is a good fit for them, Quigley said she recommends speaking to fellow members.
Salazar said the program was an amazing experience.
“It broadens your connections, you meet a lot of different people,” he said.
Salazar said, “I’ve learned a lot [from PTK, and] that we can give back to the community in a lot of ways.”
Salazar said, “If you join PTK, it’s one of the most beneficial things you can do for yourself.”
Any students with questions about the program can reach out to the chapter’s officers, who can be found through ptk.org, or by contacting Charlotte Quigley at firstname.lastname@example.org.