Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society

Phi Theta Kappa is not a fraternity or sorority. It is an international honor society recognizing excellence, hard work, good grades, leadership, and commitment.

Phi Theta Kappa is America's most prestigious scholarly organization for two-year colleges and the largest student organization at Central Piedmont. It is an honor to be invited to join, and we hope that you will become an active member in order to take advantage of everything we have to offer. Once you are invited, Phi Theta Kappa is easy to join, has lifetime membership, and a one-time only membership fee; once you become a member, you keep your membership as long as your GPA meets the requirements. You may be as active in the organization as you like or have time for.

Spring 2021 Phi Theta Kappa Induction Ceremony

Congratulations to the newest members of the Phi Lambda chapter of Phi Theta Kappa! The Phi Theta Kappa spring 2021 induction class saw over 240 students joining our chapter as new members. Watch the induction ceremony video for the list of spring 2021 inductees.


  • About Phi Theta Kappa

    The Central Piedmont Phi Lambda chapter is dedicated to local community service and service to our college community through education and hands-on activities. From scholarships to service and leadership experience, Phi Theta Kappa is a great way to learn the skills that will make you a valuable employee and an asset to your community.

  • Eligibility

    Phi Theta Kappa is open to any student at the Central Piedmont that meets the following requirements:

    • has received an invitation letter from the college president
    • has completed 12 hours of curricular (college-level) work at Central Piedmont
    • is registered for at least one curriculum course in the current semester
    • has a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher (for example, if you meet the academic requirement of a 3.5 cumulative GPA in the spring semester, you will be invited to join in the following fall semester)
  • Accept Membership by Nov. 15 for Fall

    You must be eligible and invited by the Phi Lambda Chapter at Central Piedmont before you may join Phi Theta Kappa. If you have received your Phi Theta Kappa invitation email from the Central Piedmont chapter advisors this semester:

    • Look for an invitation email from Phi Theta Kappa headquarters, which will be sent to your Central Piedmont student email.
    • Use your personal invitation code inside that email to accept membership at the Phi Theta Kappa headquarters website.
    • Your application is complete after you submit your one-time $85 payment.
    • In order to celebrate you and for you to be included in the fall 2021 induction celebration at Central Piedmont, you need to join by Monday November 15, 2021. If you accept membership through Phi Theta Kappa after this time, you will be included in the spring 2022 induction celebration. You personal acceptance code will remain valid through December 31, 2021.
      • The membership fee covers the regional and international cost for membership, golden key pin, and membership certificate.
      • No further dues or payments will be charged, unless a late fee is added (after the deadline).
      • Phi Theta Kappa graduation regalia will be available for purchase from Phi Theta Kappa once you have full membership and access to the store section of their website.

    We assess eligibility for Phi Theta Kappa every fall and spring semester and issue invitations to students who meet at least the minimum criteria. The invitation to join is valid only in the semester it is offered; your eligibility may change with your enrollment status or GPA. If you apply late, you may be charged a late fee and/or you application may not be processed until the next induction cycle. If you have questions about your specific situation, please contact a Phi Theta Kappa advisor.

  • Transfer Membership

    If you are a Phi Theta Kappa member who was inducted at a different school, you are welcome to participate in events with our chapter. However, your records remain with your original school unless you transfer your membership. Officially transferring your membership to our chapter may be important if you would like Phi Theta Kappa noted on your Central Piedmont transcript, your Central Piedmont degree/diploma, or if you want to become an officer on the executive committee at Central Piedmont. The cost to transfer your Phi Theta Kappa membership is $30. If you were already inducted into Phi Theta Kappa at another community college and wish to request to transfer your membership, complete the membership transfer form (PDF) in order to have Phi Theta Kappa listed on your Central Piedmont transcript or have Phi Theta Kappa noted on your Central Piedmont diploma.

  • Induction Ceremony

    Phi Theta Kappa International headquarters mails membership packets to the address you provide on your application form. Their headquarters may be experiencing some delays during this time. You will receive an email from Phi Theta Kappa with directions to create a login to their website once they have you on record as a member. You will receive your certificate and your Phi Theta Kappa golden key pin approximately eight weeks after you accept your membership. If you have not received your packet after this time, please email

Why Join?

We give back to the community. Local service is very important to us. We also provide opportunities for personal growth and development. Phi Theta Kappa is committed to giving members opportunities to become active leaders in the community and promote a sense of civic engagement.

  • Benefits

    Benefits of Phi Theta Kappa include:

    • the Golden Key of Phi Theta Kappa Membership pin
    • membership certificate
    • recognition of Phi Theta Kappa on your Central Piedmont diploma upon graduation
    • privilege of wearing the monogrammed golden honors stole and tassel at graduation
    • "Member of Phi Theta Kappa" included on official Central Piedmont transcript
    • access to "PTK Connect" for opportunities to apply for (mostly transfer) scholarships that are exclusively for Phi Theta Kappa members — the cost of membership could& turn into scholarships to attend a university
    • automatic enrollment in the Phi Theta Kappa Transfer Database, which is made available to four-year and senior-level institutions that actively recruit transfer students

    The Phi Theta Kappa stole and the Phi Theta Kappa tassel are the only Phi Theta Kappa items that graduates are allowed to wear at graduation in addition to the Central Piedmont purchased cap, gown, and GPA cord. The Phi Theta Kappa cords are not allowed because Central Piedmont issues you a cord based on your GPA with your cap and gown order. Therefore, to avoid confusion, the Phi Theta Kappa cords are not permitted. If you wish to wear approved regalia at graduation, that is a separate purchase from the Phi Theta Kappa membership fee.

    The Phi Lambda chapter of Phi Theta Kappa also helps the college retain students and helps students meet their academic goals. Our officers have been working with Central Piedmont Graduation Services to encourage students to follow through on their education and complete all the requirements for graduation. The Phi Theta Kappa Executive Committee created the "I Will Graduate!" campaign and encourages students to sign the Graduate Pledge of Allegiance (the G.P.A., get it?) that they will persist with their studies at Central Piedmont. Watch a video of the Phi Theta Kappa graduation flash mob.

    Watch this video to learn why you should join Phi Theta Kappa.

  • Scholarship Opportunities

    Phi Theta Kappa has scholarships for members while you're at Central Piedmont and if you're transferring. There are more than $30 million dollars in awards for Phi Theta Kappa students, the majority for when you transfer to a 4-year institution. A list of Phi Theta scholarships is available on the organization's website. Queens University of Charlotte, Wingate University, High Point University, and Appalachian State University are some of many local four-year institutions that offer scholarship exclusively for society members. For a complete listing of all available scholarships for Central Piedmont students, please visit the Financial Aid website.

    Once you become a member and have your Phi Theta Kappa membership number (have been inducted), you will have access to the Phi Theta Kappa scholarship Search Engine called PTK Connect. You also have these opportunities:

    • opportunity to apply for Guistwhite Scholarship totaling $60,000, to be used for baccalaureate studies
    • opportunities to be nominated for the All-USA Academic Team. Nationally, sixty winners will receive national media recognition. Stipends totaling $50,000 will be awarded
    • opportunities to receive National Dean's list scholarships totaling $7,500, awarded only to society members, and the opportunities to be considered for an additional $25,000 in scholarships

Leadership, Projects, and Events

  • Annual Projects and Service Opportunities

    There are many opportunities to engage in service, both on campus and in the community. The Service-Learning Center maintains an up-to-date listing of all the community agencies that work with Central Piedmont students. You can focus on service with animals, women's issues, the elderly, the disabled, health and wellness, education, and more.

    Annual Project: American Cancer Society

    Phi Theta Kappa has long supported the mission of the American Cancer Society. Each semester, our Phi Lambda chapter engages in a fundraiser with all proceeds supporting this worthy cause. Thank you to everyone who donates through this fundraiser!

    Annual Project: Classroom Central

    Being academically successful is important to Phi Theta Kappa members, and we believe that great impact can be made in the K-12 system. Our Phi Lambda chapter supports the mission of Classroom Central, through various projects throughout the year.

    Annual Project: Adopt-A-Street and Environmental Projects

    Phi Theta Kappa teamed with Keep America Beautiful, Inc. for our 2007–08 International Service Project, and we have continued to work with environmental activities ever since, adopting Elizabeth Ave. through the Charlotte Adopt-a-Street program. We are responsible for the stretch from Presbyterian Hospital to McDowell Street. Volunteers are always needed on clean-up days to help pick up trash and other debris. Pick-up sticks, buckets and bags are provided. We advocate for taking care of our campus and our community through Adopt-a-Street, Big Sweep, and other environmental service projects.

  • Meeting Schedule

    Phi Theta Kappa meetings are being held virtually at this time. We will send current or eligible members details of student events or club meetings, with links to join, to your Central Piedmont student email.

  • Officers and Advisors

    Have questions or need to get in touch with someone from Phi Theta Kappa at Central Piedmont?


    Location: Central Campus, Worrell Building, Room 1114

    Phone: 704.330.6744


  • Hallmarks

    In support of our continued excellence, Phi Theta Kappa has established four ideals (we call them hallmarks): Scholarship, Leadership, Fellowship, and Service. The following is a condensed summary of the activities in which members of the Phi Lambda chapter of Phi Theta Kappa participate.


    Members must remain enrolled in at least one curriculum-level class per semester, accumulate an overall 3.5 GPA to get in, then maintain an overall GPA 3.25 to stay in. They are also encouraged to participate in events hosted by our chapter. Millions of dollars in scholarships are available for members for transfer institutions.


    There are service events and on-campus opportunities to get involved through the Phi Lambda chapter. In addition, each year, new officers are elected from the general membership. Phi Theta Kappa members are in the top 1% of the school and are a part of the largest student organization at Central Piedmont. Phi Theta Kappa members are also encouraged to participate in the annual Student Leadership Conference and the Student Leadership Academy.


    Meetings are conducted on campus every week to discuss and plan upcoming events and activities and the current honors topic. Opportunities to socialize with other members are scheduled throughout the year.


    There are numerous agencies and several on-campus activities where members can perform service through out the year. Ongoing chapter activities include Fall Fest/International Spring Fest, Student Resources Day, and other Student Life and Service-Learning sponsored events. Some projects may revolve around the year's International Service Project.

  • Mission

    The purpose of Phi Theta Kappa shall be to recognize and encourage scholarship among two-year college students. To achieve this purpose, Phi Theta Kappa shall provide opportunity for the development of leadership and service, for an intellectual climate for exchange of ideas and ideals, for lively fellowship for scholars, and for stimulation of interest in continuing academic excellence.” Phi Theta Kappa was founded in 1918 by two-year college presidents in Missouri. The founders were seeking to recognize scholastic achievement by their students, and to establish a common purpose and standard for honors organizations on their different campuses. The founders chose to model their new Society after the prestigious senior honor society, Phi Theta Kappa. The name “Phi Theta Kappa” was taken from the initial letters of the three Greek words meaning “wisdom,” “aspiration,” and “purity.” Eleven years later, Phi Theta Kappa was officially recognized by the American Association of Junior Colleges on November 19, the date now traditionally observed as the Society’s Founders Day.

    Review the Phi Theta Kappa constitution (PDF).