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Rio’s PTK Chapter Receives 2020 Honors in Action Grant

Honors in Action Grant

Rio’s PTK Chapter Receives 2020 Honors in Action Grant

Rio Salado College's Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) chapter, Alpha Theta Omicron, is one of two 2020 PTK Honors in Action Grant recipients for the state of Arizona.

The chapter received a $1,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to help support its 2020 Honors in Action research paper project.

The PTK Honors in Action project serves as a research primer by providing experience for coursework requiring deeper investigations.

It also engages students with many skills needed by today’s employers — critical thinking, leadership, problem solving, communications, and the ability to work effectively with others.

An email from PTK’s leadership stated, “We appreciate your willingness to go above and beyond with your Phi Theta Kappa engagement and are proud of the work you do at your college and in your community with your robust Honors in Action project.”

Dr. Inhye Peterson, Rio Salado PTK advisor for the Honors in Action project, said the grant money will be used to support the project’s research.

The team chose “Perceptions of Progress” for the theme and will address it from the vantage points of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and gender. 

“The best part of working with the Honors in Action students is that I get to observe their transformations, from shifts in local and global perspectives, to discussing a variety of topics professionally to learning how to work together by bringing their unique strengths and personalities,” Peterson said.

Since selecting the theme, the team has researched and collected credible journal articles, books, podcasts and videos to support the research paper writing. 

"Receiving this grant means that our project is becoming a reality,” said PTK student Shayla Pollard, one of the four students (including Bryce Cristiano, Cordero Holmes and Schaler Starks) working on the Honors in Action project. “All of the work that we have put into the research has paid off and with the grant money it will continue to pay off."

Once completed, the team will submit the research paper to compete with other college chapters, both national and international, in PTK’s annual Hallmark Awards. Winners will be announced in spring 2021.

PTK is the international honor society of two-year colleges. Membership is open to students who have a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.5 or higher, have completed a minimum of 12 college credits in 100-plus level classes and are currently enrolled in at least one class with Rio Salado College.

Students interested in learning more about PTK, the benefits of membership and program eligibility can visit our website for more information.

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