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Phi Theta Kappa, the National Honor Society for community and junior college students, was first established in 1908.  Induction into the local chapter, Alpha Kappa Tau of Phi Theta Kappa acknowledges outstanding scholastic achievement and is available to students who have attained a record of academic excellence, as defined by the national organization and the college.

 Students are eligible for unique, site and program-based scholarships upon accepting membership into the society.

 The Alpha Kappa Tau Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa was initiated at Hostos Community College in 1985. In order to be eligible for induction, which takes place annually, students must meet the following criteria:

 1.             Enrollment at Hostos Community College in the Academic year of induction;

2.             Completion of a minimum of 12 academic credits.

3.             Cumulative grade point average of at least 3.5;

4.             Attainment of academic excellence and good moral character, as judged by the faculty and staff.       

5.             Must complete 15 hours of volunteer work or community service before graduation.

 Students are required to pay a one-time initiation fee to The National Honor Society and they will receive certification from both Phi Theta Kappa and the college upon the completion of their requirements.