Citizenship Documentation for PTK Scholarships

Kristin Ware -

Scholarships administered on Phi Theta Kappa’s website are open to students with a variety of citizenship statuses.  Please refer to the Acceptable Forms of Citizenship documents for Spring and Fall Programs on the respective web pages for more details.

Scholarship applicants selected as finalists for all scholarship programs will be asked to upload a copy of one or more of the citizenship documents below based on the citizenship status selected on the application:

  • US Citizen* (US Birth Certificate or US Passport)
  • US Permanent Resident* (Permanent Resident Card/Alien Registration Card ‘Green Card’, I-151 or I-551)
  • International Student attending college in the United States (F-1 Visa & valid I-20)
  • US National (US Birth Certificate or US Passport)
  • Temporary Resident (Employment Authorization Card I-766)
  • Asylee (Unexpired I-94 card with an Asylee stamp)
  • Cuban-Haitian Entrant (Unexpired I-94 card with a Cuban-Haitian Entrant stamp)
  • Humanitarian Parolee (Unexpired I-94 card with a Humanitarian Parolee stamp)
  • Refugee (Unexpired I-94 card with a Refugee stamp or Refugee Travel Document I-571)
  • Phi Theta Kappa member attending a community college in Canada (Canadian Birth Certificate or Canadian Passport)
  • Phi Theta Kappa member attending a community college in a sovereign nation where a Phi Theta Kappa chapter exists (Birth Certificate or Passport from the sovereign nation)

The citizenship status and corresponding citizenship documents above are the ONLY acceptable forms of
citizenship at this time as these guidelines are instituted by donor contracts.


***Social Security Cards and Driver’s Licenses are NOT acceptable forms of documentation***


Citizenship Eligibility noted within the Fall Scholarship Application pertains to scholarships directly administered by Phi Theta Kappa and does not confer, suggest or imply citizenship eligibility for scholarships administered and funded through All-State Academic Team Programs, which are administered and awarded by the respective state, nor does it confer, suggest or imply citizenship eligibility for transfer scholarships administered and funded by the four-year college or university.


Participating All-State Programs MAY accept nominees with varying citizenship statuses.  For more information about the citizenship statuses accepted for All-State Programs, contact your All-State Coordinator.

*Other Forms of Acceptable Documentation

  • Reentry Permit (I-327) - a permanent resident who intends to remain abroad for more than one year must acquire a Reentry Permit before leaving the US.
  • Form FS-240 Certificate of Birth by a Foreign Service Post - individuals born on foreign soil during parental service. (US Citizen)
  • Form N-560 or N-561 Certificate of Citizenship - individuals who derive US Citizenship through a parent. (US Citizen)
  • Form N-550 or N-570 Certificate of Naturalization - individuals who have been naturalized. (US Citizen)
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