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Provisional Membership

Provisional Membership

What’s up Middle States!

It’s your 2019-2020 DC/Maryland State President Jazmine Richison here. Your regional officer team has some really fun and exciting stuff planned for you, including some super surprises, which we will be releasing throughout the year. A major focus for us this year is provisional membership, so I thought I would share with you what provisional membership is and how it can benefit your chapter!

So first things first, what is provisional membership?
To be a member of Phi Theta Kappa there are several requirements: earn a 3.5 GPA, have 12 college-level credits, apply, and pay your membership fee (Bear in mind, these criteria may be slightly different based on your local chapter.) Provisional membership is when someone is active with a chapter but hasn’t yet completed the requirements to become an “official” Phi Theta Kappan.

For example, when I first became active in my college’s chapter I had a 3.3 GPA and 9 credits. Even though I did the work of a member, I didn’t meet the full requirements to be an official member.

So why does provisional membership matter?
Community colleges are so diverse - it’s one of the many reasons why being a community college student is so amazing. This diversity means that not every student is going to meet the above requirements. Even though students don’t meet the requirements doesn’t mean they aren’t a perfect match for what Phi Theta Kappa stands for. A student who does service every week, has amazing leadership skills, but has a 3.4 is still the embodiment of the hallmarks of PTK.

What are the benefits of provisional membership?
There are tons of students who don’t have the needed GPA or credits. Talking to them and getting them involved in your chapter gives these students a reason to strive for membership in PTK. Provisional membership gives students a reason to want to continue their education and earn those credits. It gives students resources to get help to raise that GPA.

Provisional members can still benefit from the service, fellowship, and leadership hallmarks. However, provisional members may be ineligible for Phi Theta Kappa scholarships since most require a 3.5 GPA.

Your chapter also benefits with the extra helping hands and potential future membership.

So, I encourage you to get out and promote Phi Theta Kappa to all of the students at your college! Go beyond the list of eligible members.

Thank you all so much for taking the time to read this to learn a little bit about provisional membership.

Please feel free to reach out to any of the Middle States Regional Team with any questions


Much Love,

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