Criteria and Scholarships


I. Undergraduate Students

A. Completion of a minimum of three semesters of college course at the institution where the inducting chapter is located.
B. Completion of a minimum of 12 credits in Religious Studies/Theology.
C. A grade average of at least 3.5 (or B+) in Religious Studies/Theology and a cumulative index of 3.5.
D. Standing in the upper 10% of one's class.

II. Graduate Students

A. An academic index of 3.5 (or B+) in graduate Religion Studies.
B. Completion of at least one half of the credits required for the degree the student is pursuing.

III. Others

A. Faculty members may be inducted after one semester at the institution where the inducting chapter is located.
B. Other honorary members may be inducted at the discretion of the local chapter.

Membership in the Theta Alpha Kappa is ordinary for life. Additionally, payment of the induction fee confers active membership, including subscription to The Journal of Theta Alpha Kappa, through the calendar year subsequent to induction. Thereafter, payment of annual dues ($25) is required for active membership.

Albert Clark Award

The Theta Alpha Kappa national board of directors invites entries for the Albert Clark Award to be given annually to one undergraduate and one graduate student for the best papers in religious studies or theology, as judged by a panel established by the board. Competition winners receive $200 each, and their articles are published in the Journal of TAK.

The competition is open to any student currently enrolled in or graduated from a school with a TAK chapter, provided that the paper was written while attending that school. It is also open to alumni members of TAK. Papers may be submitted through TAK chapter moderators or independently. In either case, a cover letter should indicate the name of the entrant, the school, status as undergraduate or graduate, permanent mailing address, and mailing addresses to be used in the year of submission.

Competition Guidelines for the Clark Award and Publication in JTAK

  • Essays in religious studies and in all fields of theology are welcome.
  • Only one essay per author will be considered. During the period that the essay is under consideration for publication in JTAK, the author asserts that it has not been published elsewhere and is not being considered for publication elsewhere.
  • All essays submitted will be considered both for the Albert Clark Award and for publication in the Journal.
  • Papers should be double-spaced and should not exceed 20 pages, including endnotes, when typed in a 12-point font size. Shorter papers are acceptable.
  • Author's name and school name should be identified in cover letter only, not on manuscript original or copies.
  • A manual of style should be followed, preferably the Chicago Manual of Style.
  • Winners will be chosen and notified of the judges' decisions in March each year. Essays submitted by December 31 yearly will be considered for awards.
  • Send one original and three (3) copies to: Dr. Anthony Tambasco, JTAK Editor, Theology Department, Georgetown University, Box 571135, Washington, DC 20057-1135. Email address