Scholarship honoring Shelly Garrett open to local students

A memorial scholarship in honor of longtime Lebanon community champion Shelly Garrett has been established through the Linn-Benton Community College Foundation to help students in need.

The Shelly Garrett Memorial Scholarship will help support students living in Lebanon and East Linn County who are in need of financial assistance to attend LBCC.

Garrett, who died last May, served as executive director of the Lebanon Chamber of Commerce. She served on the LBCC Board of Education from May 2011 to May 2019, including one year as board chair.

A true advocate of education and business, Garrett was a driving force in bringing LBCC’s Advanced Transportation Technology Center to Lebanon, as well as the Edward C. Allworth Veterans Home, COMP-Northwest Medical School and Samaritan Health Sciences Campus, and many other community improvement projects.

Charlie Eads, LBCC Foundation board president and vice president of Eads Broadcasting, and Randy Camp, LBCC Board of Education member and college Foundation board member, helped establish the scholarship in Garrett’s honor.

“Shelly was in her prime working for a community which she loved,” said Eads. “Her tenure on the LBCC Board of Education was a source of pride and satisfaction for her. This scholarship is a way to memorialize Shelly and thank her for all her hard work and dedication.”

Camp worked with Garrett on a variety of projects for the City of Lebanon and LBCC, and he said Garrett was influential in his decision to serve on the college boards.

“Outside of Shelly’s family, two things were very important to her – the City of Lebanon and Linn-Benton Community College,” said Camp. “It’s only right that there be a scholarship for the kids in the Lebanon community that will help them go to LBCC. And hopefully, those recipients will in turn help carry on the legacy of one of the finest people I have ever known.”

To make a donation in honor of the Shelly Garrett Memorial Scholarship, visit the LBCC Foundation at www.linnbenton.edu/give.