Deadline to apply for induction ceremony is March 6.
By Jay Regalado and R.T. Gonzalez
Students have the opportunity to receive scholarships, earn volunteer hours and get a chance to go to a Florida conference by joining the Beta Nu chapter of Phi Theta Kappa honor society for two-year colleges.
This college’s chapter has sent more than 1,500 letters inviting qualified students to join the society.
Students who think they qualify for the society but did not receive invitations can contact the lead adviser, Roger Stanley, program coordinator of chemistry, earth sciences and astronomy.
Stanley said students must apply online at www.ptk.org or respond by March 6 to be in the induction ceremony scheduled for March 20.
Students who apply after March 6 and before March 20 can join but will not be inducted, he said.
To qualify, students must have completed at least 12 semester hours of college-level coursework applied to an associate degree, be enrolled in at least six semester hours and have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale.
After acceptance, students must maintain a 3.0 GPA.
The moral standard of the society was meant to coincide with the student code of conduct, chapter President Kim-Briana Lorine said.
The members go above the student code by participating in community service, she said.
The society offers scholarships, opportunities to travel as a group and priority admission when applying to a university.
The society is sending students to Disney World in Orlando, Fla., for the international Phi Theta Kappa convention April 24-26. Stanley did not know how many students would be on the trip.
Aside from being recognized as a member of the largest honor society for community colleges in the nation, students gain access to the organization’s college website, Stanley said.
The website has scholarship opportunities, an online university scouting program and leadership development studies.
Students can also join in volunteer activities and participate in service learning projects, he said.
The fee to join is $95.
Science sophomore Mike Olson said the fee is not bad because the benefits awarded would be greater than the cost.
Stanley can be reached at 210-486-0058 or firstname.lastname@example.org.