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Students of Sinclair Community College who have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher and have completed 12 credit hours here at Sinclair are eligible to join the honor society.
How can joining the honor society help me?
Phi Theta Kappa is a prestigious organization dedicated to helping members in areas of Scholarship, Leadership, Service and Fellowship. Members are entitled to wear the gold stole, double honor cord and tassel at graduation, have the gold seal for their diploma, and apply for any Phi Theta Kappa scholarships. Last year, $36 million was available at 600 colleges and universities across the country for Phi Theta Kappa members.
Scholarships, what scholarships?
Our chapter offers one $500 and five $200 S.O.A.R. scholarships in Fall and Spring semesters and one $1000 transfer scholarship to an outstanding member in May. Locally, Wright State University, Wittenberg University, Xavier University, University of Dayton and nearly 600 more colleges offer Phi Theta Kappa scholarships. These are to fund your Bachelor's degree. The International organization offers a Leaders of Promise scholarship of $1000 for members who are enrolled in a two-year college but have completed less than 54 credit hours.
Are there other Greek organizations at Sinclair?
Yes, Sinclair has four different organizations that use Greek letters as names. These other organizations honor students in specific areas, as opposed to Phi Theta Kappa's recognition of students' overall academic achievement. In addition to Phi Theta Kappa, Sinclair has chapters of the following societies:
- Kappa Beta Delta - the International Honor society for Business majors. Sinclair's chapter is Alpha Pi and it's advisors are Rocky Belcher, Dennis Brode, Donna Chadwick, Sarah Gross and Ryan Murphy.
- Sigma Alpha Pi - the National Society of Leadership and Success. Their office is located in Building 8, room 025.
I'm graduating/transferring this or next semester. Is it still worthwhile to join?
Yes, there are a number of reasons why joining Phi Theta Kappa would still be advantageous. First, you'd be able to wear the Phi Theta Kappa graduation regalia and your membership would be noted during the convocation ceremony in May. Additionally, your honor society membership would be noted on your transcripts and your diploma (affixed with the Gold Seal). Just as important, you'd be able to let potential employers or transfer schools know of your association with Phi Theta Kappa. Most employers would look favorably upon your membership and there are a number of transfer scholarships available to Phi Theta Kappa members if your intention is to continue in your schooling. So in short, there are a lot of reasons why joining Nu Pi would still be a good idea.
Do I have to take Honors classes?
Not if you don't want to. The Honors Program and Phi Theta Kappa are independent of each other and participation in one does not require participation in the other. However, there are many advantages to students who choose to enroll in Honors classes at Sinclair. Please look through the Honors Program website
for more details on its benefits to students and scholarship opportunities.