Katie Fenton, Online Reporter
Pierce College Puyallup is home to numerous clubs and organizations dedicated to a variety of interests, but some students may not know about Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society of two-year colleges with more than 3 million members worldwide.
Unlike some clubs on campus, students must be invited to join PTK. To be eligible, students are required to have 12 or more college credits and a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above. Students join PTK for different reasons, chapter adviser Katy Olsen-Tiglao said. Most students join to take advantage of exclusive scholarship opportunities, such as the automatic scholarship granted to PTK
members who transfer to Pacific Lutheran University.
Other students join PTK to become more involved in the chapter. PTK holds regular meetings where officers and members discuss the organization’s goals and upcoming events.
“We’ve had more of a focus on community service in the past few years,” Olsen-Tiglao said. “But it really is free to whatever the students are interested in.”
During fall quarter, PTK started a book drive by setting up large book bins outside the Office of Student Life in the College Center and near the library. The drive is scheduled to last throughout the entire year. The books are donated to Better World Books, a forprofit organization that donates books to literacy and education programs.
PTK members also participated in Christmas caroling at a local nursing home in December. In the past, the club has done cleanups at Bradley Lake Park and held food drives for the Puyallup Food Bank.
PTK President Kaitlyn Thorley said the organization has benefited her overall college experience.
“It’s a good leadership opportunity,” Thorley said. “Phi Theta Kappa can help you if you want to enhance your college application.”
Invitations to join PTK are sent out every quarter. The cost to join is a one-time fee of $80 for a lifetime membership.
“I think (for) students who are interested in transferring to a four-year school, (joining is) a great thing to do because there’s a lot of scholarships that aren’t available to everybody and it looks good on an application,” Olsen-Tiglao said.
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