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Welcome to the Pi Sigma chapter!

Pi Sigma is the Highline chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, an international honor society of two-year colleges and academic programs.  Phi Theta Kappa has more than 2 million members worldwide and is active in more than 1,250 chapters in every state of the United States as well the U.S. Territories, British Virgin Islands, Marshall Islands, Canada, Germany, Federated States of Micronesia, United Arab Emirates, and the Republic of Palau. 

Mission statement:

The mission of the Pi Sigma chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa international honor society is two-fold: 1) to recognize and encourage the academic achievements of two-year college students and 2) to provide opportunities for individual growth and development through participation in honors, leadership, service and fellowship programming. 


The Pi Sigma chapter of Phi Theta Kappa meets every other week on Friday, from 11am-12 pm  in Fall, Winter, and Spring quarters to plan upcoming events, to discuss academic and leadership opportunities, and to just have fun! (Location of meetigns TBA; contact Teri at for current info).  We whole-heartedly encourage any and all interested students to join us, whether or not you are an ‘official’ PTK member.  Come join us!

Events in the works:

  • Thanksgiving Food Drive: Help gather and deliver needed grocery items to struggling Highline families!
  • Academic Boot Camp: Lend your talents to help other Highline students learn the ropes and become academically successful!

…If you have ideas for fun activities or events, let us know! This is your society and without you, we can't contribute as much as we can together.

You can email us with all your ideas, or just come to the meeting. We’ll see you there!

Benefits of Membership:  

While the Pi Sigma meetings are open to all Highline students and their guests, ‘official’ membership in Phi Theta Kappa does have its privileges.   Here are just a few: 

  • Transfer Scholarships - Members may apply for more than $37 million in transfer scholarships, provided exclusively to Society members by more than 700 senior institutions.
  • free enrollment - Members have free access to Phi Theta Kappa’s online transfer tool. You can research colleges, learn about transfer scholarships, manage important transfer dates and deadlines and communicate with four-year college representatives to ensure a smooth transfer to a four-year college.
  • Membership Credentials - The Golden Key Membership Pin, Membership Certificate and Membership ID Card are mailed to the member's home address.
  • Press Release Announcing Membership - At the member's request, a press release is sent electronically to a newspaper of the member's choosing.
  • Phi Theta Kappa Graduation Regalia - The Society's Honors Stole, Tassel and additional graduation regalia may be purchased and worn at college commencement exercises.
  • Gold Diploma Seal - The Diploma Seal may be affixed to the member's community college diploma to denote Society membership.
  • Transcript Notation - Society membership may be noted on the member's community college transcripts.
  • Letters of Recommendation - Request letters of recommendation from Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society to a college admissions counselor, scholarship official or potential employer.
  • Career Resource Center - The Career Resource Center provides members with career trends, research, tips and tools for navigating the job market.
  • And So Much MoreVisit the PTK international website to find out more.

Becoming an Official Member: 

To become an official member of Phi Theta Kappa, you must have completed 12 college-level credits with a cumulative college-level GPA of 3.5 or higher.  

The Pi Sigma chapter invites eligible students to join the Phi Theta Kappa honor society on a quarterly basis.  If you received an invitation letter, log on to the Phi Theta Kappa international website and enter your passcode to get started.  Membership fees are $60 USD. 

If you believe you are eligible to join Phi Theta Kappa, but have not received an invitation letter, please contact Teri Balkenende at (206) 878-3710 ext. 3137 or via email at to receive a passcode that will allow you to join.  


Meeting Info
PTK meets every Friday from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm in 14-103
Teri Balkenende
(206) 878-3710 ext. 3137
PTK Officers
2014-2015 Officers
Rebecca Ring
Erik Rorrer
Proteus Morrill