Who We Are
Phi Theta Kappa was founded in 1918 at Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri. Over the decades since its founding, Phi Theta Kappa has become an internationally recognized honor society for two-year colleges. There are over 2.5 million members and approximately 1,275 chapters located in the United States and other parts of the world. The organization prides itself on recognizing and rewarding academic excellence and provides great opportunities for its members to develop valuable leadership skills. It also offers numerous scholarships for both for transfer to four year institutions and for continuing into graduate studies.
The mission of Phi Theta Kappa:
- Recognize and encourage the academic achievement of two-year college students.
- Provide opportunities for individual growth and development through participation in honors, leadership, service and fellowship programming.
Membership in Phi Theta Kappa is based on academic excellence and local chapters handle invitations to prospective members.
Our Chapter and Mission
The Alpha Zeta Theta chapter of Phi Theta Kappa here at Quinsigamond Community College was chartered on April 8, 1980. Until approximately fall of 2007, we were an inactive and silent chapter. Since then, the chapter has exploded in growth and distinctions. The Alpha Zeta Theta Chapter has been named New England Regions Most Distinguished Chapter, 2011, 2012, & 2013. We were recognized nationally as one of Phi Theta Kappa’s Most Distinguished Top 100 Chapters 2013, 2014, and 2015. The Alpha Zeta Theta Chapter has won multiple distinguished Honors in Action Project awards, distinguished College Project awards, and many Pinnacle and Milestone Awards. We have grown from that silent chapter with 30 active members to the most active and distinguished in New England with hundreds and hundreds of active and alumni members. Over 900 prospective members have been invited to join, just in the fall 2015! Our members participate in numerous community service events each year.
Some of the organizations our chapter has worked with include:
- Community Harvest Project
- Veteran’s Inc.
- Friendly House of Worcester
- Why Me & Sherry’s House
- Dana Farber Cancer Institute and The Jimmy Fund
- Worcester Animal Rescue League
- Rally Against Cancer
- Habitat for Humanity
- Central MA Housing Alliance
- Convoy of Hope
- Relay for Life
Our chapter’s mission echoes that of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honors Society and our goal is to fulfill the commitment to scholarship, leadership, service, and fellowship. We aim to become strong leaders while serving our college community and beyond.
Quinsigamond Community College Alpha Zeta Theta Chapter invitees need 15 credits of college level courses (level 100 or higher) and cumulative GPA of 3.5 or greater.