Phi Theta Kappa

All-USA Scholarship

All-USA Recipients for 2016:  Jake and Ginny!
All-USA Recipients for 2016: Jake and Ginny!

The All-USA Scholarship Competition will be open to EMCC students who will be transferring on to a 4-year institution of higher education in 2017. Awards take effect for Fall 2017 transfer enrollment.

This is an annual competition. Students enrolled at EMCC in Fall 2017 and who also meet all eligibility criteria listed below may compete for the 2018 All-USA Scholarship Competition instead.


In Fall 2017, Estrella Mountain Community College will nominate two students for the 2018 All-USA Academic Team Scholarship sponsored by Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society at EMCC. The scholarship pays 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 2018.

Eligibility Criteria 

You must meet the following criteria to apply:

  • Currently enrolled at EMCC for Fall 2017 for at least 6 semester hours,
  • 3.5 cumulative GPA (on a 4.0 scale) for all course work completed in the last 5 years, regardless of institution attended,
  • Completion of 36 semester hours at the 100-level or above by the end of Fall Semester 2016 and 45 semester hours at the 100-level or above by the end of Spring Semester 2018,
  • Plan transfer to an accredited 4-year school for Fall 2018, and

Phi Theta Kappa membership is NOT required to compete or win scholarship awards. 

December graduates may compete, but awards are NOT available for use until transfer beginning Fall 2018.

Selection Process

Round One: Submission of an essay on the following topic:

In 500 words or less, describe your most significant endeavor since attending community college in which you applied your academic or intellectual skills from your community college education to benefit your school, community or society. (The endeavor may be in personal lives, engagement in student organizations, activities that exemplify initiative & leadership, research projects, creative performance, community service and/or service learning)

Essay judges will consider originality, initiative, degree of difficulty, results and benefit to society.

All essays must be hand-delivered by Monday, September 25, 2017 by 5:00 PM to the PTK office in Montezuma 122.  Attach a Student Cover Form to your essay with paper clips (no staples, please). Please do NOT include your name on or anywhere in the essay for purposes of anonymity; your name goes on the Student Cover Form only. A faculty committee will read and rank the essays in order to identify the top ranked essays. Those students will become scholarship semi-finalists. 

Round Two: Semi-finalists will be asked to complete the full online scholarship application (including online assessments from faculty/mentors and summaries of campus and community activities).  A second faculty committee will select two EMCC scholarship winners from that group. The All-USA Scholarship Advisor will assist students in completing online scholarship applications.