Isothermal Community College

Polk Center

Polk County Campus ICC Foundation, Inc.

The Polk County Campus (PCC) Isothermal Community College (ICC) Foundation is comprised of local resident volunteers. Currently serving three-year terms are: Dick Armstrong, Lisa Barrows, Alan Batchelder, Elizabeth Boone, Betsy Carr, Bernard Eiserloh, Thad Harrill, Judy Lair, Darlene McFarland, Audrey Ortiz, Liz Quattlebaum, Heather Smith, Sherril Wingo and Priscilla Yeager. Ex-officio members are ICC’s president and Polk Center’s Director. Anyone interested in joining the board is welcome to email polkcountycampusiccfoundation@gmail.com or speak with the Director of the Polk Campus (828-894-3092).

The Board's continued focus is the Polk County New Century Scholars program that selects seventh grader students each year and mentors them through high school graduation. If the Scholar has maintained good grades, participated in community service, and remained drug and alcohol-free, he or she is guaranteed two years of tuition-free education at Isothermal Community College in Spindale. The Board provides funding for three students in Polk County each year.

To raise money for its New Century Scholars program, the Foundation annually hosts a golf tournament at superior courses such as Bright’s Creek and The Cliffs at Glassy. Area businesses and friends support this tournament through golfer participation teams, monetary contributions, and in-kind donations. The 2013 tournament is scheduled for Monday, October 21st. Proceeds from the previous tournaments allowed the Polk ICC Foundation to start an endowment fund specifically for New Century Scholars at the Polk County Community Foundation (PCCF). With more students joining the program each year, this fund will ensure its future. In addition, proceeds fund the Howard Olson Financial Assistance Fund that awards scholarships to adult residents of Polk County for courses at the Polk Campus.

In 2010, the PCC ICC Foundation received a generous bequest of $25,000 from Mary F. Kessler, a local supporter of Polk's Isothermal Community College, and used it to create another The Polk County Campus ICC Foundation Special Projects Fund that addresses general needs of the Polk County campus now and in the years to come.

Donations may be made to the Polk County Campus ICC Foundation, 1255 W. Mills Street, Columbus, NC 28722, or to either of the two funds at the Polk County Community Foundation.