What’s New at PTK Catalyst Marketplace

Marketplace will be the hub of activity at PTK Catalyst 2019. It’s where everyone gathers, but it’s so much more than a meeting place. Here’s what you’ll find there.

Career Pathways Booth

For the first time ever, representatives from national organizations such as Walgreens, Ingalls Shipbuilding, Residence Inn Marriott, Urban Teachers, and GEICO will be at PTK Catalyst to talk with you about career pathways and opportunities. Bring your resume and be ready to network!

Professional Headshot Station

Also new to Marketplace is a headshot station. Come have your professional headshot taken, and get your photos instantly.

PTK Connect Booth

This is your chance to test drive PTK Connect, our all-new online tool that lets you search for transfer scholarships, transfer-friendly colleges, career pathways, and more. Just look for the oversized Connect 4 game.

Author Book Signings

Both of our guest speakers will sign copies of their books at the PTK Store Booth.

  • Celebrity Chef Jeff Henderson — Thursday, April 4, 9-10 p.m.
  • Author Mel Robbins — Friday, April 5, 4:30-5:30 p.m.

PTK Store Booth

That’s right, you can get all your PTK merchandise on-site, including the exclusive PTK Catalyst 2019 t-shirts and plushie. We’ll have regular PTK gear there as well, plus regalia, mugs, and more.

PTK Booth

Meet the Phi Theta Kappa experts on scholarships, student engagement, and chapter development. Claim your awards and pick up your name badge ribbons. Check out the new PTK EDGE™, and finish it all with a pic at the photo kiosk.

PTK Foundation Booth

Mingle with PTK alumni and find out how you can stay involved once your time at your two-year college is over. Donate at least $5 in support of the Golden Opportunity Scholarship and get a commemorative PTK Catalyst 2019 pin.

Chapter Sales Booths

Yes, more shopping! Support your fellow chapters as they sell their own PTK swag.

Corporate and College Sponsors

Support the schools and organizations that help make PTK Catalyst possible. Many of these sponsors will have fun swag just for you, and all of them will be waiting to chat with you about your future plans.

International Officer Candidate Booths

Get to know the 2019-2020 International Officer candidates at their booths, and learn about their vision for PTK. Marketplace is also where you’ll find these special events:

  • International Officer Political Rally — Thursday, April 4, 9:30-11 p.m.
  • Conversations with Candidate Finalists — Friday, April 5, 4-5 p.m.

Scholar Bowl Preliminary Rounds

Cheer for your favorite team as they compete in the preliminary rounds, which begin Thursday, April 4, at 1 p.m. It’s all leading up to the final round, which is held on the general session stage.

Bonus: Educational Forums

Okay, so, technically Educational Forums aren’t held in Marketplace. But, you’ll want to add them to your to-do list for sure. With more than 200 offerings, you know there’ll be something for everyone. Be sure to download the official PTK Catalyst app — generously sponsored by Cengage — for details, locations, and the full schedule.

Marketplace Hours

Thursday, April 4 — 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; 9:30-11 p.m.
Friday, April 5 — 8-9:30 a.m.; 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.; 4-6 p.m.
Saturday, April 6 — 8-10:30 a.m.; 12:30-3 p.m.

Don’t miss out — there’s still time to register for PTK Catalyst!

PTK’s Scholarship App is Changing

Phi Theta Kappa’s scholarship application is now open — and it will stay open year-round.

This is just one change we’re making to our application process that we hope will make it easier for you to apply for and receive scholarships. You’ll be able to work on the single application at your convenience throughout the year, updating it as needed with activities and accomplishments until the deadline to increase the competitiveness and strength of your application.

Scholarships will still be divided into spring and fall offerings, so you will still need to apply by certain deadlines so we can select winners incrementally throughout the year:

Spring Scholarships

  • Typically for students continuing in their two-year program in the fall term
  • Deadline is 5 p.m. CT on Friday, May 3

Fall Scholarships

  • Typically for students planning to transfer to a four-year program or enter the workforce directly after graduation
  • Deadline is 5 p.m. CT on Friday, October 25
  • All-USA nominations due by 5 p.m. CT on Friday, November 8

“The beauty in this process is that students aren’t locked out of being considered for scholarships based on the application being closed,” said Christin Grissom, PTK’s Associate Vice President of Scholarship. “In the past, if a student accepted membership when the application was closed and they transferred to a four-year college or got into their career field the semester following their membership acceptance, they missed the opportunity to apply for our scholarships.”

Having only one application for all the scholarships PTK offers means the scholarships are more accessible for more students. But, this doesn’t mean that you complete the application once and forget about it; you’ll want to come back to it in the spring and fall at least to update your eligibility quiz and see if you’re eligible for additional awards.

“More than 22,000 students completed scholarship applications last year — a 27 percent increase — and we want to see that number continue to go up,” Christin said.

The new, more user-friendly scholarship application is also Scholar Snapp enabled, so you can create a Snapp profile and push/pull information between our scholarship application and their site. Scholar Snapp, an initiative of the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation, lets you store and reuse your application content — even answers to essay questions that may not be framed the same way on all applications may come in handy later.

4 Things I Learned From PTK’s Hidden Hallmark

Editor’s Note: This post was written and submitted by International Vice President for Division 3, Carol Comer.

In September 2016, I thought I was merely being inducted into an everyday honor society and would get to wear cords for graduation. I didn’t know I would also be gaining a family and a wealth of information.

Webster’s Dictionary defines “family” as “the basic unit in society traditionally consisting of two parents rearing their children; any of various social units differing from but regarded as equivalent to the traditional family; or a single-parent family.” However, I would venture that “family” is so much more than that.

The Phi Theta Kappa Family is a family group like none other. There are little sisters you can call to talk about that cutie you spotted at Regionals. There are also big brothers that completely annoy you in the back of the van during that 8-hour road trip to said Regionals.

You have that amazing crazy uncle from another region who always has exciting breakout sessions, makes you laugh until you cry, and has the best advice to give you that final boost of confidence when giving your Honors Topic Speech.

Your aunt is the most supportive and encouraging educator, and you can’t help but to want to aspire to be just like her. She just also happens to be in charge of this crazy train of a family.

Finally, there are also your parents, the advisors and Regional Coordinators that give their hearts and souls to our endeavors, keeping us on our paths to success, all without financial compensation.

These instructors and top educators encourage us to get uncomfortable, learn, grow, and excel by becoming the future leaders of our community. With Phi Theta Kappa, we do just that by graduating, with 91 percent of us crossing that stage as a member of the Sea of Gold, the regalia of our prestigious honor society. Our success is their success. It really is a thankless job.

As I transition with the help of my family to the next stage of my life, I will offer to you what was offered to me: caring guidance, support, and advice.

1. Don’t be afraid to fail. It is SO awesome to get a 4.0 every semester, but maybe the classes were too easy? I would hope that they instead challenged and inspired you, because if you are getting A’s on everything, are you really learning anything new, or are you just showing what you have already mastered? You don’t fail when your grade nears the “C” mark (the equivalent of an “F” to most PTKers). It just encourages you to get uncomfortable, try a different path, and really learn something new. You only fail when you give up and stop trying.

2. Learn to ask for help. Coming into PTK, I thought asking for help was a sign of weakness and/or incompetence. It’s not. It’s actually showing strength and courage to say, “I don’t know; please help me.” It has kept me humble, shown me what my challenges are, made me stronger as a person, and provided me with opportunities for growth. For example, I love biology, criminal justice, and business, and yet I hate writing. However, since I was inducted, I have done two case studies, written five speeches, and this is my second blog entry. Yes, in case you are wondering, I used scholarly references. I also did it with the help of my PTK Family. Go US!

3. Do what makes you happy. Ask yourself what makes you excited and your heart soar just by thinking about it. Combine that with your educational and occupational endeavors. Wrap your life around that one beautiful concept. Find a benevolent way to use that passion for the betterment of your community through service. If you can do this, you will never work a day in your life.

4. Finally, never stop learning. Strive to learn something new each day, whether that be using a new word, looking up a new country, reading about a new religion, researching if last night’s news was biased, or even making a new friend who has a different perspective of life than you. This helps me with being “woke” with benevolence and fellowship, and most times it even expands my family circle.

Growing up I didn’t have a source of parenting in my life. I didn’t have parents until September 2016 when I was “adopted” into this wonderful family. In April at PTK Catalyst, I will be passing on my International Officer position to the next leader. In May, I will become a proud member of the Sea of Gold. After that I will be joining the workforce AND transferring to my choice of four-year university — yes, it can be both!

I would not have been able to do any of this without each and every one of you. So thank you, Phi Theta Kappa Family. Thank you for encouraging me, pushing me, and making me uncomfortable with nurturing kindness and support. Thank you for helping me learn and grow.