Georgia Southern Scholarships for Phi Theta Kappans


Associate Director of Admissions Neal Richardson is willing to bet that Phi Theta Kappans are exactly the sorts of transfer students Georgia Southern University wants to attract–and the university is putting money on it.

Richardson says that when he worked at other institutions, he experienced the Phi Theta Kappa difference:

“We had an alumni chapter at the previous university where I worked, and what we found is that the Phi Theta Kappa students transferred to our campus, and then said, ‘What’s next? I’m ready to make a difference!’ At one point we had five former chapter presidents working together in our alumni chapter, and when you put that kind of energy and dedication in one place, great things happen.”

Richardson is looking forward to making great things happen at Georgia Southern, which has recently implemented a transfer scholarship for Phi Theta Kappans. Renewable for two years, the scholarship will be awarded to applicants who best fit the ideals of a true Phi Theta Kappan, and show dedication to the four Hallmarks of Leadership, Scholarship, Service, and Fellowship.

Richardson said, “We’re really looking for well-rounded applicants and we’re taking a holistic approach to awarding these scholarships. Yes, we love to see 4.0 GPAs, but we also want to see an emphasis on service and leadership. We’re looking for great students who are also great people.”

Georgia Southern has more in store for Phi Theta Kappans than just scholarships, as there are plans underway for an on-campus alumni chapter, and the university currently has an active chapter of Tau Sigma, the honors fraternity for transfer students.


When asked what prospective transfer students needed to do to apply for the scholarship, Richardson said that the process was easy. “What we need you to do is apply for admittance, and at the same time, fill out and submit the transfer scholarship application. The deadline for the scholarship application is May 1st, so students who are interested should move quickly so we can consider them for scholarships. We’d like as many people in the running as possible!”

Need more information on Georgia Southern University and scholarships? Visit the university’s website at, or contact transfer admissions via their website.

All-Georgia Awards Honor Students Statewide

Students from across Georgia were honored Thursday, March 12 at the Sloppy Floyd building in downtown Atlanta, overlooking the State Capitol. Honorees were:

Katy Johnson and Ebony Missick, Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College

Olivia Johnson, Andrew College

Jared Ford, Atlanta Metropolitan State College

Shelley Brooks and Samantha Nagy, Darton State College

Sabrina Ogletree, East Georgia State College

Hannah Lively, Michael Vanderberg, Gena Carter, Hillary Rowell, Hali Bohannon, and Lindsey Miles, Georgia Highlands College

Charles Fletcher, Mary Lucas, and Shane Kiral, Georgia Military College 

Aemah Badri, Deepa Singh Thakuri, Armel Nsiangani, Rozhin Parvaresh, and Jeremy Borger, Georgia Perimeter College

Elizabeth Brown, Gwinnett Technical College

Kaitlin Spivey and Sylvia Smith, South Georgia State College

Kati Chacon, Andrena Mathis, Erica Leikvoll, and Katherine Roth, University of North Georgia

In addition, Aemah Badri of Georgia Perimeter College was selected as a 2015 New Century Scholar and will receive a $2,000 scholarship, and Kaitlin Spivey of South Georgia State College was chosen as the Coca Cola Silver Scholar, and received a $1,250 scholarship.

Each student was named to the All-Georgia Academic Team, sponsored by the Coca Cola Foundation and Phi Theta Kappa, and receive a medallion and commemorative certificate. In attendance were college administrators and students from across the state. Kaleb Wilkes, an alumnus of South Georgia State College, served as keynote speaker.

To be eligible for this honor, students must be nominated by their college to the All-Georgia Academic Team.  Nominees are selected based on leadership qualities, community service and outstanding academic performance. Students nominated become eligible for the All-USA Academic Team, the Coca-Cola New Century Scholars Scholarship, and the All-USA Community College Academic Team and Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team scholarships. These programs award over $300,000 in scholarships every spring.

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Mount Mary University Offers Phi Theta Kappa Scholarships

Mount Mary University

It pays to be a Phi Theta Kappan!

Mount Mary University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin is offering a Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society Award worth $1,500 towards tuition at Mount Mary every year. Transfer students may also be eligible to receive a transfer scholarship worth up to $10,500 per year!

Mount Mary University offers women a small learning environment focused on creativity with access to faculty, research and endless opportunities. Our goal is to make a private education affordable and to make the transfer process simple and seamless for our students. Each potential transfer student is assigned a specific transfer admission counselor to evaluate her credits and help her through the admission process.

Interested in applying? Applications are free, and available online!

University of West Georgia to speak about Georgia’s only Public Phi Theta Kappa Transfer Scholarship

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University of West Georgia offers Go West
Phi Theta Kappa Transfer Scholarship

The University of West Georgia is the first, and only, public university in Georgia offering a Phi Theta Kappa transfer scholarship. Katie Taylor, the Assistant Director of Transfer admissions, who will be speaking at our Fall 2014 Regionals, was eager to tell us more about why UWG chose to support Phi Theta Kappa, and why our students should choose to “Go West.”

Tell us a little bit about the University of West Georgia? What makes you a great fit for Phi Theta Kappa students?

The University of West Georgia is an ever-growing, diverse university. We exceeded _TEP5786_030512,000 enrolled students this fall semester, including students from 44 states and 75 countries. We offer 645 sprawling acres to accommodate our growing student population since we are one of the few colleges in the state that has seen continuous growth over the past few years. There are 93 programs of study from the bachelors to doctoral level, including concentrations, so there is something from which to choose for everyone.

We were very excited to hear that the University of West Georgia had created a Phi Theta Kappa transfer scholarship. What prompted that decision?

Phi Theta Kappa got in touch with us and said that a student had told them they wished UWG had a Phi Theta Kappa scholarship. We hadn’t considered it before, but once we realized that there wasn’t another public university in Georgia that offered a Phi Theta Kappa transfer scholarship, only private colleges, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to serve our prospective students, and offer the scholarship they were looking for!

Tell us more about the scholarship. What are the criteria to be eligible?

melsonThe recipient must be a US resident, have earned an associate’s degree, and hold a 3.5 GPA or higher based on admissions calculations—which includes transferable coursework only. Students are also required to submit a resume, essay, and letter of reference from their Phi Theta Kappa advisor at the time they apply for the scholarship. And it’s important to know that it’s a stackable award, which means you can use it with other scholarships!

Okay, time for the big question: how much is the scholarship worth?

Our current 2014-2015 in-state tuition is $2,549 per semester (based on 15 hour enrollment) + $929 in mandatory fees per semester. Housing and meal plans are additional, if the scholarship recipient opts to live in an on-campus residency hall. Based upon the two-semester, 15 hour enrollment tuition and mandatory fees totaling $6,956*, the scholarship would cover $4,000—split as $2,000 per semester.

*This is the 2014-2015 tuition and mandatory fees, which are effective through Summer 2015; therefore, tuition costs could change effective Fall 2015, when the scholarship is available.

That’s a fantastic scholarship! How do students indicate they are interested in the Phi Theta Kappa transfer scholarship when they apply for admittance?

First, apply for admittance to UWG. Once accepted, Phi Theta Kappa students can apply online for the scholarship at, through our Scholarship Portal. The fall semester deadline is February 1st. Those selected as scholarship nominees will be invited to our Scholarship Day for the interview process, held on President’s Day, which will be February 16, 2015.

Anything else that our students should know about their scholarship opportunities with UWG?

We offer a variety of incoming student scholarships, including a general Transfer Foundation Scholarship. Transfer students are also eligible to apply for General Student Scholarships, via Financial Aid ( Those Current Student Scholarship applications are due by March 1st each year.


Phi Theta Kappa students love to be involved on their campuses and in their communities. Do you have any four-year honors organizations on campus?

We have over 150 different student organizations, including honors, Greek, government, major specific organizations, religious organizations, political groups, and so on. There’s something for everyone.

Is there anything else you think our students would be interested in?

Something that makes UWG very special is that we were the first (and for a while, the Intramural 0168only) Honors College in the state of Georgia. Even now, only one other school in the state has an honors college. Transfer students are welcome to apply. If you’re a member, your class size is capped at 16, and you’ll have many opportunities for undergraduate research. Some of our students travel across the country presenting their research at conferences. If you complete a certain number of honors courses you’ll graduate with an Honors Diploma, in addition to the diploma for your major. More information on the Honors College and their admission requirements (separate from General Admissions) can be found at

Where should our students go online to apply?

Incoming Student Scholarships:
General Student Scholarships:

Huge thanks from the Georgia Region to Katie Taylor and all of the rest of the transfer staff at the University of West Georgia.

Oberndorf Scholarship Deadline Extended

Oberndorf Scholarship Deadline Extended to Wed. Aug. 7th, 5pm CST.Oberndorf Lifeline to Completion Scholarship

Don’t miss your chance to apply for the Oberndorf Lifeline to Completion Scholarship! This vital scholarship helps Phi Theta Kappa members overcome unanticipated financial barriers that could prevent them from completing community college. Up to ten $500 scholarships will be awarded four times per year. Apply now –
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Convention Scholarship Established in Memory of Staff Member West Williamson


The Phi Theta Kappa Foundation has announced that the Society will be honoring the memory of long-time staff member West Williamson by establishing the West Williamson Convention Scholarship Endowment, which will provide annual scholarships for advisors and members from a newly chartered chapter to attend the Annual Convention.

West began his relationship with Phi Theta Kappa as a part-time staff member while attending Holmes Community College, where he earned membership in Phi Theta Kappa. He transferred to Delta State University on a Phi Theta Kappa scholarship, graduated, and returned to work with the Society full time. Over the years West served in many key leadership roles – including information technology, membership services, and chapter programs.

West Williamson

West Williamson

“Phi Theta Kappa has lost a dedicated soul. He loved the organization and worked tirelessly for it,” said Phi Theta Kappa’s Executive Director and CEO Dr. Rod Risley. “We have lost a brave, kind, and compassionate young man, and now commit his leadership to our history.”

Dr. Nancy Rieves, CEO of the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation, said creating and naming the scholarship for West was a way to honor his great contributions to the Society over 23 years.

“West touched the lives of both students and advisors, and knew the importance of early engagement of chapters. Fittingly, he was responsible for chartering chapters and the launch of convention scholarships for advisors given each year,” Dr. Rieves said.

See more information about West, and the scholarship in his honor, at


Who will be the next Georgia Region Five Star student?

Georgia Region,

Classes over? Use some of that spare time to get ahead on the Five Star Competitive Edge program, and brush up on your soft skills, such as communication, professional etiquette, team building, and critical thinking, that will give you an edge both in college, and in the workforce.

Need help getting started? Go to the link above, and then once you’re ready to write your first essay you can let us know by messaging us on the Georgia Region Facebook page, and we’ll arrange for it to be reviewed for you!

Let’s see more Five Star members this year in Georgia!

Scholarship Opportunity: Mills College

Georgia Region, this is an opportunity to be aware of:

We are delighted to inform you that Mills College has increased its renewable Dean’s Scholarship for transfer students to $15,000. In addition, Mills offers a $5,000 scholarship to qualified members of Phi Theta Kappa.

Mills is an independent liberal arts and sciences college for undergraduate women, with graduate programs for women and men. With a 10:1 student-faculty ratio, Mills is characterized by small classes taught by an outstanding faculty. The faculty is dedicated to developing the intellectual, creative, and leadership potential of students in an environment attentive to issues affecting women.

We are accepting applications for the fall 2013 semester. Please keep in mind:
• All PTK students are eligible to receive a $50 application fee waiver
• No minimum number of units are required to transfer
• General education requirements can be completed at Mills
• The suggested minimum cumulative GPA is 3.0
• Admission decisions are made within three weeks of receiving all required credentials

If you plan to attend the Phi Theta Kappa Convention in San Jose, California in April, please stop by our booth at the Senior College Fair to learn more about what Mills has to offer.

At Mills, students expand their knowledge and realize their potential in a vibrant and engaging learning community. We hope the information you find on our web site will assist you as you guide your students through their college search. Please feel free to call if you have any questions at 510.430.2135 or 800.87.MILLS.

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