Phi Theta Kappa

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society of Cowley College

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Be rewarded for your academic achievement with exclusive scholarships, professional development, and benefits.

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Founded in 1918, Phi Theta Kappa is the official community college honor society as acknowledged by the American Association of Community Colleges with over 90 years of dedication to recognizing academic excellence.

Phi Theta Kappa rewards high-achieving students and provides scholarships for continued studies as well as opportunities to travel and to develop such critical leadership skills as problem solving, project planning, team building, effective communication and conflict resolution.

Membership is based on superior academic achievement and is conferred only by invitation of our local chapters. Students must be enrolled, must have completed 12 associate degree credit hours at Cowley College, have a minimum 3.5 GPA, and be in good standing with the college to get an invitation. 

There are over 1285 chapters worldwide, and 91% of Phi Theta Kappa Members complete their associate degree and/or transfer to a four-year college or university. Members can enhance “soft skills” via the Five Star Competitive Edge, which is a self-paced professional development plan for skills valued by employers that include communication, teamwork, professional etiquette and critical thinking.

  • RECOGNITION: The membership certificate and key lapel pin tell the world you belong to our elite group of scholars. Additionally, letters of recommendation, a transcript notification and the opportunity to wear Phi Theta Kappa regalia at graduation will further identify you as a scholar.
  • SCHOLARSHIPS: Members have access to nearly $90 million in scholarship opportunities from Phi Theta Kappa, partnering senior colleges and universities, and foundations.
  • OTHER BENEFITS: Members have automatic inclusion in, a comprehensive college completion and transfer planning program.

To learn more about this prestigious group, visit with the Arkansas City or Mulvane campus sponsors listed below or go to

Alpha Gamma Upsilon Chapter

The 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 nd 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."

Chapter By-Laws

Member. In addition to meeting membership eligibility requirements as stated in Article IV and Chapter 1 of the Phi Theta Kappa Constitution and Bylaws,* each candidate for membership must have completed 12 hours of associate degree course work, (none of which is developmental course work) with a Grade Point Average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale, and adhere to the school conduct code which includes no outstanding financial obligations to the college, in addition to demonstrating recognized qualities of citizenship. Grades for courses completed at other institutions will not be considered when determining membership eligibility. A cumulative Grade Point Average of 3.35 must be maintained to remain in good standing. Failure to maintain the required cumulative Grade Point Average will result in the member being removed from good standing as stated in the Phi Theta Kappa Constitution and Bylaws,* Chapter 1, Section 3. Failure to meet good standing requirements as stated in the Phi Theta Kappa Constitution and Bylaws* will cause membership and all membership privileges to be revoked.

This is a nationally recognized honor society which emphasizes leadership and service. Students must be selected for this group by invitation only.

PTK Scholarship

Apply for the PTK Scholarship to pay your membership dues. The fall deadline for submission is October 1st and the spring deadline is March 1st each year. The recipients will receive notification by the end of those months.

PTK Scholarship Application

Monthly Meetings

Meetings are held on the last Wednesday of the month at 6:00 PM in the Brown Center, Room 202 on the Arkansas City campus.

PTK Officers

President – Emily Howard
Vice President of Leadership – Slava Sychev
Vice President of Membership and Fellowship – Journey Fannon
Vice President of Correspondence – Joriez Manac
Vice President of Service – Kaitlin Schmidt
Vice President of Communication – Demetrios Catlett


Janet Clasen
Arkansas City PTK Chapter Advisor

Julianna Smarsh
Mulvane/Wellington PTK Chapter Advisor

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Club News

PTK inducts new members
February 19, 2024
Phi Theta Kappa held the Induction Ceremony and Academic Team Celebration for the Alpha Gamma Upsilon chapter on Sunday, February 18.
PTK members at Heartland Region Fall Conference
October 03, 2023
On Friday, September 29, Cowley College Phi Theta Kappa members left for Kansas City to attend the Heartland Region Fall Conference.
Deborah Layton receiving PTK Advisor Award
August 15, 2023
Humanities and communications instructor Deborah Layton was recently awarded a PTK Advisor Award for 10 years of service to the organization.
Lillie Dodge
April 04, 2023
Being a third-generation Cowley College student, sophomore Lillie Dodge has immersed herself on the main campus in Arkansas City. The Liberal Arts major was recognized for her involvement and academic success by being named the April Student of the Month.
new ptk members
April 03, 2023
On Sunday, March 26, Alpha Gamma Upsilon, the Ark City chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, had its annual Induction Ceremony and All-Academic Team Celebration, officially welcoming sixteen new members to the nationally recognized honors organization.
Zane Hubble
November 15, 2022
Known as a talented musician and a valued member of the Cowley Collegiate Quiz Bowl, Cowley College sophomore Zane Hubble was recently named the school’s November Student of the Month.
Shaybree Hanes
October 17, 2022
Serving as president of Phi Theta Kappa and the Art Club at Cowley College, sophomore Shaybree Hanes is extremely active on the Cowley College campus. The well-liked Graphic Design major was recently honored for her stellar work by being named the October Student of the Month.