All-USA Scholarship

All-USA Scholarship Information and Deadlines

What is the All-USA Scholarship?

The All-USA Scholarship Competition is open to any EMCC student who will be transferring to a 4-year institution of higher education in 2024. Awards take effect for Fall 2024 transfer enrollment.

In Fall 2023, Estrella Mountain Community College will nominate two students for the 2024 All-USA Academic Team Scholarship, which is sponsored by the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) International Honor Society. The scholarship pays for two full years of tuition to one of our three Arizona public universities (ASU, NAU, or U of A) with money awarded for transfer in Fall 2024.

If you are interested in applying for this scholarship, please access the PTK scholarship portal at Applicants who are not PTK members will be able to register as a guest in order to complete their application.

As you are preparing for this scholarship, it is helpful to note that one of the requirements for the application is a letter of recommendation. It is a good rule of thumb to give recommenders at least four weeks to complete the letter.

Specific details on eligibility and application due dates are listed below. Please note that the PTK website lists the Fall 2023 scholarship deadline as December 1, 2023. However, students who want to be considered for the All-USA nomination need to follow the submission deadlines provided below, so the committee has time to judge the applications.


Students MUST:

  • Be enrolled through December 2023 in a minimum of six (6) semester credit hours [or nine (9) quarter credit hours] of associate degree, college-level coursework at the time of application.
  • Hold a minimum of a 3.50 cumulative grade point average out of a possible 4.0 on all college-level coursework completed in the past five years.
    • Include all transcripts, Fall 2018 – present.
    • GPA is evaluated at the time of application, and no courses can be marked as incomplete. Student must maintain a 3.50 or higher GPA through the Fall 2023 semester to remain eligible.
  • Be on track to earn an associate or a bachelor's degree (or the equivalent of a U.S. associate or bachelor's degree).
  • Have a minimum of 36 semester (or 54 quarter) collegelevel credit hours completed at or transferred into an associate degree or certificate program by December 31, 2023, and 48 semester (or 72 quarter) collegelevel credit hours by August 31, 2024.
  • Not have previously been nominated for the AllUSA Academic Team or the CocaCola Academic Team.
  • Hold permanent or temporary residency in the country of the college the student is attending or possess a visa considered appropriate by the college. Please see the help article or application for acceptable documents verifying proof of citizenship.
  • Students who attend college in the United States do not need to be a member of Phi Theta Kappa.
  • Have a college record free of suspension, probation or other disciplinary action.
  • Not have a criminal record, or if a convicted felon, must have all conditions of sentencing, including parole/probation, completed. (Note: Having a criminal record does not disqualify applicants.)

The Selection Process

Round One

In 500 words or less, describe your most significant endeavor since attending community college in which you applied your academic or intellectual skills learned during your college experience to benefit your school, community, or society. This endeavor may be in community/service learning, in research, in the arts, journalism, advocacy, public affairs, etc. Consider using measurable terms, steps taken and quantifying the outcome using impact data and numbers. Limit your essay to ONE specific endeavor. Do not include web links or photos in your essay.

Submit your essay to the EMCC PTK email ( by September 29, 2023 at 11:59 pm. Please submit the essay as a pdf attachment and include your full name and student ID in the email.

Essays will be submitted to a committee of EMCC judges, who will consider originality, initiative, degree of difficulty, results, and benefit to society. Additionally, essays are scored blindly, meaning the judges will not be made aware of your name, so we ask that you do not mention your name in your essay.

If you are selected as a semi-finalist for Round Two, you will be notified via email by October 10, 2023.

Round Two

Complete the online scholarship application on the PTK website:  The application consists of short-answer questions and short essays. It is not something that can effectively be completed in one day! So, be sure to start the application as soon as you are notified of your Round 2 eligibility.

Submit your completed application profile on the PTK website by November 8 at 11:59 pm.

If you are selected as one of the two official nominees of EMCC, you will be notified via email by the last week in November 2023.