Helping honor students

BLUE BELL Montgomery County Community College president Karen A. Stout announced on Monday that she has pledged $30,000 to establish a Phi Theta Kappa Annual Challenge Fund through the college's foundation.

Phi Theta Kappa is the international honor society for two-year colleges. Since only 14 percent of PTK-eligible students nationally join the organization, the current membership fee of $60 is seen by some as a likely barrier for many eligible students.

So the Karen A. Stout Phi Theta Kappa Challenge Fund will help qualified students by defraying half the cost of a membership.

Students must be eligible for Pell Grant funding and PTK membership to qualify. Members of PTK must maintain a 3.5 grade point average and have completed at least 12 credits.

"By working with their peers and faculty advisors, PTK members examine real-life issues facing their communities while gaining leadership skills through the organization's Honors in Action programming," the school said in a statement.

The Karen A. Stout Phi Theta Kappa Challenge Fund is part of the foundation's fund-raising campaign, Futures Rising: The Campaign for Montgomery County Community College. Its goal is to raise $9 million for student scholarships. For more information, go to

- Inquirer staff