Tau Nu Chapter Phi Theta Kappa NVCC Alexandria Campus

This group is for the Phi Theta Kappa members of NOVA Alexandria campus students.

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College Scholarship Opportunities | Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society 11/25/2023

Announcement: PTK Fall Scholarship applications due December 1st! You need a chapter advisor to sign off on it. Don't miss out!

College Scholarship Opportunities | Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society Scholarships are the #1 reason students join Phi Theta Kappa, with over $90 million in scholarships available to PTK members.


Great opportunity to learn how to negotiate higher salary and better benefits. 12 noon EST on Tuesday, November 28, 2023.

Have you ever received a job offer and didn't know how to negotiate a higher salary or better benefits? We're here to help!

Negotiation is an important skill to have in both your academic and professional life. PTK is hosting a FREE webinar on November 28 at 1PM CT with Dr. Janea McDonald, owner of human capital consulting firm Edge Consulting, LLC. Register now: https://bit.ly/PTKJobNegotiationM


Will you skip transfer to a 4-year and go directly into the workforce? Need a scholarship for tools, a uniform, or to complete a certification exam? 👩‍🔬👨‍🔬👷

If yes, PTK has scholarships to help you get started! Get started on your fall application today: scholarships.ptk.org

Leadership Development Studies | Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society 09/05/2023

Dear Tau Nu Members, Alumni & Friends:

Please see below for a summary of a PTK year/scholarship info with links.
The time has come for a new group of students to take over this page which the next officer can do by contacting the current admin. In this post, we'd like to invite all members and alumni to reflect on the 4 Hallmarks of PTK: Scholarship, Leadership, Service and Fellowship, all of which have played a part for Tau Nu's members since it's founding in 1969 at NOVA.

The PTK year begins in the fall with an invitation to membership, induction, and then meetings which foster Fellowship and Service, two of PTK's hallmarks. Depending on the members, the chapter can work on becoming a Star chapter and earning Hallmark awards for chapter programs. Throughout the year, PTK members can attend transfer fairs and PTK Edge: free professional development courses which include employment, transfer, healthcare jobs, research skills and career planning. https://www.ptk.org/benefits/professional-development-courses/

The spring semester brings another round of inductions and tying up the end of the program year for Hallmarks awards or Honors in Action projects. It is also conference time with the Virginia/West Virginia regional conference in March & PTK Catalyst in April. PTKers are entitled to wear a special stole, honors cords and medallion for graduation which you can get from the shop.

One of the great benefits of being a PTK member (no, it's not just the GEICO insurance discount!) is scholarships. The PTK Fall Scholarship applications close December 1st and the All-Virginia and All-American honorees are selected from these fall applications. The PTK Spring Scholarships close on May 15th. All PTKers can apply for these awards. https://www.ptk.org/scholarships/

Additional scholarships can be found by applying to
the NOVA Foundation: https://giving.nvcc.edu/making-impact/who-we-support/scholarships
the Herb Block Foundation: https://www.herbblockfoundation.org/
and the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation: https://www.jkcf.org/
In fact, a number of Tau Nu members have been semi-finalists or winners of the prestigious JKC scholarships. Also, thousands of 4 year colleges around the country offer scholarships to PTK members. Be sure to ask the financial aid offices at the respective institutions - sometimes the award is not done automatically.

PTK also has a leadership skills course open to all members and in fact, all PTK courses are also open to alumni. Certainly, we need good leaders in all fields: https://www.ptk.org/benefits/leadership-development-studies/

Since this page will be dormant in the weeks ahead, please feel free to follow Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society & the regional chapter's page Virginia/West Virginia Region of Phi Theta Kappa Alumni may want to consider joining the regional chapter which offers an annual baccalaureate completion scholarship with applications open in February and awards made at the March Virginia/West Virginia conference. https://vawv-region.ptk.org/default.aspx

In closing, we wish you (Tau) TEMA (Nu) NIKE which means to "Honor Success" in yourself and others!

Leadership Development Studies | Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society Our humanities-driven Leadership Development Studies is open and free of charge to all Phi Theta Kappa members.


Wishing everyone an amazing fall semester!


Need help paying for NOVA and you're a member of PTK?

Do you have an unanticipated financial barrier that could prevent you from achieving your associate degree?

The Oberndorf Lifeline to Completion Scholarship is open to assist you in overcoming specific financial hardships. One Oberndorf scholar is selected each month. Apply here: scholarships.ptk.org


Wishing all a Happy 4th! For many years, the PTK Tau Nu Chapter had a Keep America Beautiful project to clean up a strip of roadside near the campus in Alexandria twice a year - for MLK day and in August, but turnover interrupted it. About 2 years ago, chapter members were interested in reviving the project, but were not able to get permission from the college. Hopefully, this can be revisited in the future since it was a great way to involve the entire campus.

Happy , America! Please remember that fireworks 🎇 are not recyclable and need to be disposed of properly.

JKCF Semifinalist Laurie Jimenez Earns While She Learns - Northern Virginia Community College 05/15/2023

While Laurie Jimenez was not selected as a finalist for the JKC Foundation award, our Tau Nu member is extra special. Read about her at the link! Tema Nike: Honor success in yourself and others! Congratulations Laurie and may all your dreams come true.

JKCF Semifinalist Laurie Jimenez Earns While She Learns - Northern Virginia Community College After leaving her childhood community behind, Laurie found empowerment through her pursuit of higher education. This spring, she will graduate with her second degree from NOVA and proudly recalls her community college experience as “lifechanging.”



Evelyn S. Field Library: Phi Theta Kappa Honors in Action: 2022-2023 04/27/2023

The 4 Hallmarks of PTK are Service, Leadership, Scholarship and Fellowship. This page has already connected you to leadership and service opportunities this year. Scholarship is usually expressed through a chapter taking up the Honors Research Topic which for the 2022-23 term is "The Art of Play". Playing and making space for the creativity that play encourages cannot be underestimated. Sharing a post from Raritan Valley CC to help you think about the role of play in your own life, in school and in our community.

Evelyn S. Field Library: Phi Theta Kappa Honors in Action: 2022-2023 A research guide for the Honors in Action project completed by members of Phi Theta Kappa.

Transfer Scholarship Search 04/19/2023

Planning ahead? Use PTK's Transfer Scholarship Search to find schools which offer money to PTK members. Using the Common App? Some colleges waive the application fee if you're in PTK. Look in the relevant section when applying.

Transfer Scholarship Search Search for partner colleges by state who offer transfer scholarships for Phi Theta Kappa members

Timeline photos 04/01/2023

Commencement on May 15th at George Mason!

It's almost time to celebrate! 🎓 NOVA's 2023 Commencement is on the horizon, and we can't wait for each to cross the finish line. Mark your calendars for Monday, May 15th!

For more Commencement details, visit nvcc.edu/commencement/


Hey Tau Nu! Happy Belated Birthday, February 18th! We are the first chapter established at NOVA in 1969!

Events 02/25/2023

With the chapter not being very active at the moment, I missed an important announcement! Next weekend is the Virginia/West Virginia Regional Meeting in Norfolk! It's always a good time to meet fellow PTKers and participate in Fellowship. Registration closed yesterday, Feb 24th, but if you email asap or reach out to them on facebook, I'm sure they will add you to the list:. The cost includes meals. [email protected]

Events The Virginia/West Virginia regional website provides information to the chapter and regional level of Phi Theta Kappa


Have suggestions for a Tau Nu spring semester meeting? Please reply to Willie's email? We only need a couple of people to coordinate and many to attend! ❤️

Our Opportunities - NOVA Scholarships 01/28/2023

The application for NOVA Foundation Scholarships is now open! If you plan to be at NOVA next year and need financial support, consider applying! However, be warned: there are a lot of general questions that you'll need to answer. The online program is somewhat unwieldy, but Tau Nu members have received awards in the past! Dates for all semesters can be found in the link.

Our Opportunities - NOVA Scholarships Through the generous support of donors, the NOVA Foundation can offer the scholarships listed on this website. To apply for these scholarships, click “Sign Up” to create an account and follow the instructions provided in the NOVA Scholarship Tutorial to apply for these opportunities before the s...

Career Connection - Northern Virginia Community College 01/21/2023

Need to practics your interviewing skills? Help with a resume? Need an internship? Need a job? Make sure to check out the Career Connections office! They want to help! Their services are also open to alumni too!

Career Connection - Northern Virginia Community College NOVA Foundation is dedicated to securing private resources to support NOVA students, faculty, staff, and the mission and values of the College.

Volunteer Alexandria 01/18/2023

Another one of Phi Theta Kappa's Hallmarks is Service. Looking for a chance to help others? Find opportunities at Volunteer Alexandria!

Volunteer Alexandria Volunteer Alexandria inspires, mobilizes, and connects people, six years and older, to volunteer for a stronger Alexandria community. Our Volunteers are a powerful force for solving community problems, and are essential for a healthy, productive, and engaged community. Meet Volunteer Alexandria. 


LAST CALL for the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarship. Two members of Tau Nu received JKC Scholarships in the last two years! Other NOVA PTK members have received them in the past.

We are excited to share that the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship application is open on Common App for Transfer until January 12, 2023. As a Phi Theta Kappa member, you might be eligible to apply for this opportunity for high-achieving students with financial need who seek to transfer to a four-year college or university.

The Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship is for community college sophomores or recent graduates looking to transfer in the fall of 2023 to complete their bachelor's degrees. Additionally, eligible applicants must:

Have a 3.5 cumulative GPA.
Earn a maximum AGI of $95,000.
Have not previously attended a four-year college or university.
Each recipient receives up to $55,000 per year for two to three years, plus access to college planning support and a thriving community of fellow Cooke Scholars.
Don’t forget that the deadline to apply is January 12, 2023, at midnight in your local time zone. Email [email protected] if you have any questions!


Leadership Development Studies | Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society 01/04/2023

Hey Tau Nu! One of Phi Theta Kappa's Hallmarks is Leadership. We have an online Leadership Development course which is free to you. As we start the New Year, find out more here:

Leadership Development Studies | Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society Our humanities-driven Leadership Development Studies is open and free of charge to all Phi Theta Kappa members.

Profile pictures 12/13/2022

Hey Tau Nu! Congratulations for finishing the semester and best wishes to the graduates!!

Our PTK Hallmarks can be goals for the new year: Leadership, Scholarship, Fellowship and Service! ⛄️🎉🎁🎅



Hey Tau Nu!!

Timeline photos 11/24/2022

Founders Day Scholarship Opportunity for the Best Essay on the value of a community college education! Deadline January 31st.

104 years of student success. Happy birthday PTK! 🎉

To celebrate our Founders Day, it's time for our annual Founders Medal Award competition!

Sponsored by the Phi Theta Kappa Board of Directors, this annual award will recognize a graduating PTK member* who has written the finest essay reflecting on the value of a community college education. ⁠

The student with the top submission will receive a medal at their graduation ceremony and a $1,000 cash prize. Deadline to apply is January 31, 2023, at 5PM CST. ⁠You can find the application at scholarships.ptk.org, under the tab "scholarships". Happy writing! 🤓

*PTK members must be enrolled in a two-year degree program or one-year certification program and be graduating in Spring 2023.


Announcements: Tau Nu has a new chapter advisor. Welcome to Ms. Coreda Clark who was assistant chapter advisor last year! Many thanks to Dr. Emblom-Callahan for her support as previous advisor! If you are applying for the fall PTK scholarships, you will need an endorsement from Ms. Clark. The deadline is December 1, 2022.

Tau Nu did not have a spring induction and so, far there has been no news about a fall induction. Hopefully, the new chapter leadership will have one soon. PTK scholarships are available at many transfer institutions. If you think you may qualify to be invited to become a member of PTK (3.5 GPA or better), please contact Ms. Clark and indicate your interest in joining so that you may receive an invitation. Her email is in the comments below.

Finally, the chapter has been told that any social media or posts by any NOVA affiliated organizations are subject to approval by the NVCC Marketing Department. The current Admins have already or are coming to the end of their NOVA tenure, so it is time to turn the page over to a new set of Admins who can work with the Marketing Department in implementing this new policy. Before the semester ends, we'll post a few scholarship, meeting and alumni reminders and clean up page info. Thanks to all who have followed here and as ever: Tema (Tau) Nike (Nu)! Honor Success - in Yourself and Others!

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