Scholars Programs

PHI THETA KAPPA International Honor Society

Established in 1918, Phi Theta Kappa is the largest honor society in American higher education with more than 1.3 million members and 1100 chapters located in the United States and around the world. In 1929, the American Association of Community Colleges recognized Phi Theta Kappa as the official honor society for two-year colleges. In 2000, the Association of College Honor Societies recognized Phi Theta Kappa as the general scholarship honor society serving associate degree granting institutions.

The society's programs center on four hallmarks: scholarship, leadership, fellowship, and service. The complement of services, innovative programs, and membership benefits offered by Phi Theta Kappa today are unequaled among honor societies. It is estimated that 200,000 students participate in Phi Theta Kappa programs each year. Annually, more than 82,000 students are inducted into Phi Theta Kappa. The average age of a new member is 29, ranging from 18 to 80.

Both part-time and full-time students, and international students may be eligible for membership. Membership requires completion of at least 12 hours of college credit coursework and a minimum cumulative GPA of at least 3.50. DACC's Pi Omega Chapter is very active and has won several awards at both the regional and international levels. For more information or to join, please contact Ronald Johnson, PTK Sponsor, at 217-443-8869 or at, or visit Phi Theta Kappa International's web site at

DACC Scholars Program

The DACC Scholars Program is an independent study honors program that will expand your intellectual horizons and enhance your academic experience. The program provides additional intellectual stimulation, academic challenge, scholastic opportunity, and personal enrichment beyond the confines of the classroom. In this program, students complete a total of four independent study projects in eligible classes prior to graduation. The scope of these projects is limited only by your own creativity and effort. In addition, members participate in at least 2 special scholar's activities each semester. Because DACC is a member of the National Collegiate Honors Council, completion of this program is usually transferable to honors programs at four year universities. For more information about this program, please contact Ronald Johnson, Director of Scholars Programs, at 217-443-8796 or at