Isothermal Community College

Financial Aid

Powers Scholarship Program

Martha Jane Powers established the Lee L. Powers Scholarship Fund in memory of her father, Lee L. Powers. Mr. Powers was a moving force in the history of Rutherford County. He served on many statewide committees affecting transportation and senior citizens, as well as in other positions. The Rutherford County Commissioners named him to the Steering Committee to obtain Isothermal Community College. Mr. Powers also has been honored by the Shriners of the Oasis Temple as one of those with the longest continuous service. 

The Powers Service Scholarship Program

The initial offering of the Powers Service Scholarship is intended to ensure total funding of tuition for all recipients. Once tuition demands are met and if additional revenues are available, a stipend may be allotted for books. The actual amount will be determined by the number of applicants and revenues on hand. Scholarships are available to part-time students on a pro rata basis.

To apply for the Powers Service Scholarship, the student must:

  • Complete and submit a FAFSA application prior to the fall semester for which funding is sought. All eligible grants and/or WIA/TAA funding will be utilized before the Powers Service Scholarship is granted.
  • Admissions and financial aid files must be complete.
  • Be a legal resident of the State of North Carolina and reside in Rutherford or Polk County. Residency is determined by the Admissions Office according to state guidelines at the time of original application to Isothermal Community College.
  • Provide an official copy of a high school transcript or equivalent in accordance with the Admissions Policy of Isothermal Community College.
  • Be seeking a Certificate, Diploma or Degree within an academic program. Students pursuing a certificate or diploma, or possessing a certificate or diploma upon admission to Isothermal are eligible for this scholarship until they have achieved an associate degree. The duration of eligibility will vary for those seeking less than the associate degree. A student may receive up to six (6) semesters of full-time funding or if a part-time student, the equivalent prorated.

Recipients of the Powers Service Scholarship will be required to:

  • Complete a maximum of 15 hours of community service per semester. The volunteer hours will be documented by the Coordinator of the Powers Scholarship program. If more than one volunteer activity is submitted, a minimum of 1 hour of service must be recorded for each of the volunteer activities or sessions cited. Community service hour requirements will be prorated for part-time students.
  • Maintain an overall GPA of 2.0 and demonstrate satisfactory academic progress to retain the scholarship. Evaluation of progress will occur at the end of each semester.

Scholarship Continuation:

Students must reapply for the Lee L. Powers Service Scholarship every academic year by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This application is available online at www.fafsa.gov. Students may receive up to six (6) semesters of full-time funding or if a part-time student, the equivalent prorated.

In the event that funds are insufficient for making awards to all qualified applicants, consideration will be given to the order in which dated and completed applications are received.

The Powers Merit Scholarship Program

The Powers Merit Scholarship is intended to recognize demonstrated meritorious academic achievement for six recent high school graduates.

Each scholarship will be sufficient to cover tuition and books at Isothermal Community College.

Five of these will be selected from the top 10% of the graduating class for each high school in Rutherford and Polk counties with at least 100 graduating seniors. These scholarships will be offered to the graduate with the highest earned GPA or highest score on the official GED test if a graduate of the Isothermal Community College Adult High School program. If a student declines the scholarship, it will be offered to the student with the next highest earned GPA until a student is selected from the top 10% of the graduating class. In the event that two students have the same GPA, the selection will be based on highest combined SAT scores. If the GED test score is used, the graduate must have scored a minimum of 2750 on the test.

Eligible Schools are:

  • Chase High School
  • East Rutherford High School
  • Isothermal Community College Adult High School
  • Polk County High School
  • R.S. Central High School

The sixth scholarship will be available to a graduate from any high school within Rutherford and Polk counties with less than 100 graduating seniors. This scholarship will be offered to the student with the highest combined score above the mean on the SAT test. If the student selected declines the scholarship, it will be offered to the student with the next highest combined SAT score until a student is selected from the top 10% of combined scores for this population.

To apply for the Powers Merit Scholarship, the student must:

  • Be a graduate of a high school in Rutherford or Polk County within the academic year within which the application is submitted.
  • If graduating from a high school with 100 or more graduates, the student must have graduated within the top 10% academically of his/her class. Graduates of the Adult High School program must have scored at least 2750 on the official GED test.
  • If graduating from a high school with less than 100 graduates, the student must complete the SAT test prior to submitting the application. Complete and submit an by June 15 prior to the fall semester for which funding is sought.
  • Submit two letters of character and citizenship reference with the application. (References may not be relatives of the applicant.)
  • Be a legal resident of the State of North Carolina and reside in Rutherford or Polk County. Residency is determined by the Admissions Office according to state guidelines at the time of original application to Isothermal Community College.
  • Provide an official copy of a high school transcript or equivalent in accordance with the Admissions Policy of Isothermal Community College.
  • Submit official high school transcript with scholarship application.
  • Be a full-time student at Isothermal Community College seeking a degree within an academic program.
  • May apply for any Powers Scholarship but may be a recipient of only one Powers Scholarship.

Recipients of the Powers Merit Scholarship will be required to:

  • Maintain an overall GPA of 3.2 and demonstrate satisfactory academic progress to retain the scholarship. A student may receive up to five (5) semesters of full-time funding.
  • Exhibit good character and citizenship.

Lee L. Powers CNA-I Scholarship

The Lee L. Powers Certified Nursing Assistant Scholarship is intended to ensure one-time funding of tuition for students enrolled in the CNA-I program at Isothermal Community College. Recipients of this scholarship must be legal residents of the State of North Carolina and reside in Rutherford or Polk County. Residency is determined according to North Carolina State Residency Guidelines.  See link below for application.

CNA-I Application