September 16, 2003
Alpha Phi Upsilon, our college's chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, extends an invitation for you to accept membership in the international honor society of two-year college students. The requirements to become a member are based on the completion of at least fifteen credits and a cumulative GPA of 3.5; therefore, membership in Phi Theta Kappa is by invitation only.
There are some important aspects regarding Phi Theta Kappa that are important for you to know. First, there is no time component necessary on your part, as we realize that most of our members are busy with jobs, school, and families. The benefits of membership are numerous. Phi Theta Kappa is made up of 1.2 million members on 1,200 campuses around the world. The benefits include the Phi Theta Kappa seal on your diploma; the privilege of wearing the Honors stole and Tassel at graduation; a myriad of scholarships (over $28 million); the chance to travel to various conferences throughout the year; as well as becoming an alumni member after graduation. These are just a few of the benefits of becoming a member. As transfer students, your transcripts that are sent to senior institutions will have the Phi Theta Kappa stamp. If you plan to transfer to a senior institution, your membership as noted on your transcript will put you ahead of other competing students seeking admission into that specific college or program.
After you become a member of Phi Theta Kappa, you must maintain a GPA of 3.0 to remain a member. There is a one-time membership fee of $43.00 that must accompany your application. The one-time fee enrolls you into the campus chapter, Alpha Phi Upsilon, the regional chapter, Minn-Wi-Kota, and the International Society information. You will also automatically be nominated for the National Dean's List (a yearly publication of outstanding students that guarantees 30 scholarships to Phi Theta Kappa members annually), which is one more item to use in your college transfer application or resume.
The membership application forms are available today in the Student Services Office and from Marla Ahlgren, Alpha Phi Upsilon's faculty advisor. Look for posters that announce the time and location of the new member orientation sessions that will be coming up very soon.
Dr. Don Day, President
Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College