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Students become eligible for membership after completing a minimum of 12 credit hours of associate degree course work with the required minimum 3.5 cumulative grade point average. However, through the Society’s Provisional Membership Program, students can be introduced to Phi Theta Kappa and its programs while they are waiting to meet full eligibility requirements.

According to the Society’s International Constitution, “a provisional member of Phi Theta Kappa shall be a student who, in the opinion of the local chapter, has shown an active interest in the affairs of the Society and who serves the Society in some special capacity, but who does not meet the full requirements for active membership in the Society. A provisional member shall not have the right to vote, hold office, or to represent the chapter at meetings of the Society.”  Acceptence into the Rouse Scholars Program or the Schoenbrodt Honors Program immediately qualifies newly admitted HCC students for provisional membership in our college’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa.

In addition, provisional members may not wear the Golden Key lapel pin; however, they may wear a chapter pin denoting the Greek letters of Phi Theta Kappa.

Both the chapter and students benefit from a Provisional Membership Program. It allows the chapter to identify and nurture the talents of outstanding community college students, while giving students the opportunity to get involved with the chapter early in their community college experience.