Phi Theta Kappa partnership with Oregon Tech expands transfer student access to bachelor's degree

Mar 13, 2019
Oregon Tech is the first public university in Oregon to form this scholarship pathway with Phi Theta Kappa, an international honor society of two-year colleges and academic programs

Phi Theta KappaCommunity college transfer students wanting to transition to an undergraduate institution are finding the way even more practical and cost-effective through a new partnership between Oregon Institute of Technology, “Oregon Tech,” and Phi Theta Kappa honor society.

Just announced, Oregon Tech is the first public university in Oregon to form this scholarship pathway with Phi Theta Kappa, an international honor society of two-year colleges and academic programs. High achieving students at community colleges internationally are able to maximize their value at Oregon Tech through the Phi Theta Kappa scholarship, which is stackable with many other Oregon Tech scholarship opportunities.

Eligibility in Phi Theta Kappa requires enrollment in an accredited institution offering an associate degree program; completion of at least 12 hours of coursework; a grade-point average of 3.5; an invitation to membership from the chapter at the college where presently enrolled; and adherence to the ethical standards of the society.

With an average of 600 students in Oregon community colleges participating in Phi Theta Kappa, membership in the honor society guarantees students access to benefits that will recognize their outstanding academic accomplishments and provide them with the competitive edge that helps ensure future success. These benefits are unmatched by any other collegiate honor society and Oregon Tech is one of only 750 senior institutions in the nation that offer transfer scholarships, and the first public university in Oregon to offer this opportunity to transfer students from any state.

Erik Johnson, director of admissions at Oregon Tech, shared his enthusiasm for the partnership: “Oregon Tech has a rich tradition of serving transfer students. At this time, nearly 58 percent of our student body is comprised of students who transferred from community colleges or other institutions. Transfer students have grit, work hard in class to enhance their success long after graduating, and are a great fit for our long-standing tradition of postgraduate success and our rigorous, hands-on curriculum. We are excited to engage this elite group and work with PTK to help more students across the country decide if Oregon Tech is the right place to build their future success. It adds a vital base of knowledge and experiences to our university.”

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