Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society

About Phi Theta Kappa

Phi Theta Kappa is an international honor society for two-year college students that focuses on academic achievement, service, and other standards set by JCC’s chapters. Established in 1918, PTK is active on almost 1,300 community college campuses with approximately 250,000 active members.

PTK is separate from JCC’s Honors program, and is not involved in specific coursework at JCC.

Benefits of joining PTK

  • Scholarships for PTK members: up to $90 million in general scholarships and $46 million in transfer scholarships and awards for career-bound students, including field-specific awards that cover certification exam fees
  • Leadership and service experiences that will strengthen your resume (JCC’s chapters host several events throughout the year, such as JCC's Got Talent and Camp Onyahsa Cleanup)
  • Online courses on professional skills, entering the workforce, and transferring
  • Personalized letters of recommendation for job applications
  • Notation of membership on your college transcript and PTK stole


  • Alpha Kappa Beta (Jamestown Campus and North County Center)
  • Alpha Psi Omega (Cattaraugus County Campus)

Membership in PTK is initiated by JCC with a formal invitation. If you are invited but the membership fee creates financial hardship, contact JCC’s PTK advisors for possible financial opportunities.

  • You must have completed at least 12 hours of coursework that may be applied to an associate degree (part-time students may be eligible).
  • You must generally have a grade point average of 3.5.
  • You must receive an invitation to membership from the chapter.
  • You must adhere to the moral standards of the society.