Barrick receives CMF ‘Friend’ award

Special to the News-Argus

Shirley Barrick (left) holds the 2017 Friend of the Foundation award presented to her by CMF Secretary/Treasurer Robyn Bakkedahl.

Photo courtesy of Carrie Mantooth

The Central Montana Foundation awarded Shirley Barrick and John Carlson Friend of the Foundation awards at its annual meeting on May 22. Both have been involved with CMF for several decades and were commended for their service and advocacy.

CMF Secretary and Treasurer Robyn Bakkedahl presented Shirley Barrick with her award. Bakkedahl said one of the Foundation’s major areas of interest is education, and through the decades, the scholarship program has grown exponentially. A scholarship sub-committee was formed in the late 1980s and dedicated volunteers began working to build the program. Barrick has been involved in that process longer than any other person.

Barrick was born and raised in Lewistown and earned a degree in education from the College of Great Falls in 1964. That same year, she married Larry Barrick. She taught school at Cottonwood, Brooks and Lewis and Clark in Lewistown before putting her career on hold to be a stay-at-home mom to their four children.

She was elected Fergus County Superintendent in 1982 and took office in January 1983, serving 24 years before retiring in 2006. As superintendent, she compiled a Montana history curriculum for use in the schools, which is still available for checkout from the county superintendent’s office.

Education has always been a top priority for Barrick, for herself and for her children. This commitment has transferred over to her work with the scholarship committee. She spends hours every year pouring over scholarship applications, and has been instrumental in helping fine-tune the program. Barrick has often commented how satisfying it has been to see the program’s awards grow to today’s scholarship amounts. She enjoys knowing she has helped make college a reality for students.


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