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Phi Theta Kappa receives $50k grant from ESF

JACKSON, Miss.- Phi Theta Kappa has been awarded a $50,000 grant from the Education Services Foundation for membership scholarships. 

The money will go to the “Get2College” program and provide scholarships for 750 low-income Mississippi community college students.

Nationwide, Phi Theta Kappa gives students access to over $37 million for transfer scholarships. All Mississippi colleges and universities have made a way for transfer scholarships to be awarded solely to Phi Theta Kappa members.

There are 34 chapters in Mississippi’s 15 community colleges and nearly 10,000 Mississippi students who are active members in the group.

“With thousands of dollars in scholarships and college completion rates hanging in the balance, the grant from ESF for PHi Theta Kappa member scholarships will have an enormous impact on the lives of Mississippi’s most talented community college students and economic future of their communities,” said Dr. Lynn Tincher-Ladner, President and CEO of Phi Theta Kappa. “Our research tells us that the cost of membership is a barrier for these students.”

In order to participate in Phi Theta Kappa, a student must have a 3.5 GPA and have completed 12 credit hours at a community college.

The mission of ESF, the non-profit that gave the grant, is to help Mississippians achieve a better life through education by providing services and philanthropic grants while building permanent charitable capital. Through the Get2College program they are able to help families plan, prepare, and pay for school with various services.

“We are pleased to partner with Phi Theta Kappa, an outstanding organization whose goals mesh closely with ours,” said Jim McHale CEO of ESF.

Phi Theta Kappa is the oldest, largest, and most prestigious honor society recognizing students pursuing two-year degrees. Phi Theta Kappa is made up of more than 3 million members and nearly 1,300 chapters in nine nations.

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