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 initial offering of the Powers Promise Scholarship is intended to ensure total funding of tuition and fees 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.
The Lee L. Powers Merit Scholarship is intended to recognize demonstrated meritorious academic achievement for six upcoming high school graduates. Each scholarship will be sufficient to cover tuition, fees, books and required materials at Isothermal Community College. These scholarships will be offered to students with the highest earned GPA or demonstrated college readiness.
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 ten (10) semesters of full-time funding.
The Lee L. Powers Career and College Promise Scholarship is intended to assist dual/concurrent enrollment students attending a recognized high school in Rutherford or Polk County with the purchase of textbooks at Isothermal Community College. Recipients of this scholarship receive a maximum book allotment of $200.00 per semester for use in the Isothermal Community College Bookstore. Excess monies remaining on the recipient's account will be returned to the general scholarship fund. Awarding of this scholarship is contingent upon the availability of scholarship funds.
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.