There’s No Better Time to Learn With Honor than During PTK Awareness Week


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Monday, February 26, 2024
PTK students and staff

This week is PTK Awareness Week! It’s a time to celebrate the accomplishments of Rio Salado’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter, Alpha Theta Omicron Chapter, and to raise awareness about the benefits of joining this international honor society. PTK is the largest honor society in U.S. higher education with more than 1,200 chapters in all 50 states and abroad.

In order to be eligible for PTK, you must have a GPA of 3.5 or higher and have completed a minimum of 12 college credits in 100-plus level classes and be currently enrolled in at least one class at Rio Salado College.

Why Join PTK?

Joining PTK provides several benefits. It's a great way to do community work and develop leadership skills. PTK members also get access to exclusive scholar opportunities. Your time in PTK can also be added to resumes and college applications.

"Joining PTK opens doors to a world of invaluable opportunities,” said student leader Saffron Wells. “It's not just about adding a prestigious title to your resume - it's about gaining access to a wealth of skills, connections, and experiences that can shape your future. From learning the ropes of how to help your community to honing research and communication abilities, PTK equips you with practical tools essential for success in both academia and beyond. But perhaps most importantly, it offers a platform to make a tangible difference in your community and amongst peers who share your passion for growth and impact.”

Wells goes deeper into her experiences with PTK in this video testimonial.

Scholarship winner and Rio Salado alumni Cordero Holmes credits his time with PTK with his continuing academic success.

"One of the things I learned from being in PTK is research,” said Holmes. “I'm now an ASU Barrett student and I'll be defending my thesis. I'm ahead of the game but I wouldn't have been knowledgeable if I hadn't done PTK."  

The scholarship of teaching and learning, from critical thinking to research, is shaped by knowledge skills gained through lessons and one-on-one interactions designed to enhance student learning. That learning is guided by Rio’s faculty who support PTK. 

“As a faculty advisor, I help students think both academically and professionally,” said Dr. Lily Davidov, faculty chair for Accounting and Small Business. “I teach them to follow guidelines while also encouraging critical thinking, evaluating, and creation."

Interested In Joining?

The theme for this year's Awareness Week is "Leap into Phi Theta Kappa." If you're ready to take the plunge or would like to learn more before committing to a transformative honors experience, reach out to PTK Faculty Advisor Dr. Davidov or the Office of Student Life and Leadership for more information.


Lily Davidov:

Office of Student Life and Leadership:

Phone: (480) 517-8050