Honor Society

About Phi Theta Kappa

Phi theta Kappa is the America Association of Community College’s official honor society for two-year colleges. Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) recognizes the academic achievement of college students and provides opportunities for its members to grow as scholars and leaders. Established in 1918, Phi Theta Kappa has a presence on almost 1,300 community college campuses in 11 nations. The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) recognized Phi Theta Kappa as the official honor society for two-year colleges in 1929. More than 3.5 million students have been inducted since 1918, with approximately 250,000 active members in the nation’s community colleges, making Phi Theta Kappa a true catalyst among members and colleges.

Qualifying students enrolled in PTK become lifetime members of this distinct honor society and gain access to a multitude of benefits such as scholarships, career training, recognition, transfer success, leadership, volunteerism, and fellowship (examples listed below). To qualify or membership, student must have completed at least 12 credits towards an associate or bachelors’ degree or at least 6 credits towards a certificate AND have a cumulative 3.5 grade point average.

The mission of Phi Theta Kappa is to recognize academic achievement of college students and to provide opportunities for them to grow as scholars and leaders. For more than 100 years, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society has helped millions of high-achieving college students reach their full potential. We don’t just recognize their academic success; we give them opportunities to develop professional and leadership skills, earn scholarships, explore career paths — and make their worlds a lot bigger.

CEI Official Chapter

College of Eastern Idaho is a member of Division IV in the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. The CEI official PTK Chapter is the Beta Chi Psi Chapter and a member of the Rocky Mountain-Cascade Region which includes South Idaho, Oregon, and Utah.

Upcoming Induction Ceremony

The upcoming Induction Ceremony for Beta Chi Psi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa is May 6, 2022 at 3: 00 p.m. on CEI Campus in Room 151, Building 6.

Membership Benefits


  • Scholarships Up to $90 million in scholarships to help you complete your associate or bachelor’s degree
  • Access to $46 million in transfer scholarships offered by nearly 800 four-year colleges
  • Leadership and service experience that will boost your resume against other students applying for scholarships

Career Traning

  • Competitive Edge Program (PTK Edge) – Professional development focused on soft skills and career planning
  • Employment Edge – training courses designed to help you successfully enter the workforce
  • Transfer Edge – online courses aimed towards helping students successfully transfer to a four-year college or university
  • Research Edge – teaches the principles of conducting scholarly research while introducing you to Honor in Action (PTK Honors program)


  • Phi Theta Kappa Golden Key Membership Pin
  • Phi Theta Kappa Membership Certificate
  • Recognition during Beta Chi Psi Chapter Induction Ceremony
  • Opportunity to wear PTK regalia at graduation
  • Official PTK seal on your college diploma
  • Notation of membership on a transcript

For More Info

Please Contact

bailey.winn@cei.edu or chuck.bohleke@cei.edu

Contact Advisors:
Bailey Winn