Jackson, MS — The NJCAA and Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society (PTK) are partnering to recognize college students who are excelling both on and off the field with special edition graduation regalia.
The NJCAA™ Honors Stole is offered to PTK members who are also student-athletes at their colleges. The stole features both the PTK emblem and the NJCAA seal and is a physical representation of the special work and challenges student-athletes face.
"So many of our college student-athletes are stars both inside and outside the classroom," said PTK President and CEO Dr. Lynn Tincher-Ladner. "We are so honored to recognize their academic achievements and also their tireless dedication to their sport, team, and community."
The NJCAA was founded in 1938 and is the nation's premier governing body for two-year collegiate athletics. It has more than 500 member schools in 42 states and serves approximately 60,000 students each year. The organization recognizes teams and individuals that achieve a 3.6 GPA or higher each year with Academic Student-Athlete and Academic Team Awards. And, it names three Student-Athletes of the Year each July.
NJCAA President and CEO Dr. Christopher Parker said the partnership will allow the association to maintain a focus on and commitment to the academic success of its student-athletes.
"Student-athletes have to manage time carefully to be the best they can be in the classroom and on the field, so highlighting all avenues of success, especially in the classroom, is just as significant to each individual student-athlete," he said. "Partnering with PTK will continue to show students the value of an organization like PTK and how sports and academics together can be so rewarding."
About Phi Theta Kappa
Phi Theta Kappa is the premier honor society recognizing the academic achievement of students at associate degree-granting colleges and helping them to grow as scholars and leaders. The Society is made up of more than 3.5 million members and nearly 1,300 chapters in 10 nations. Learn more at ptk.org.