The Garth Barker Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in memory of Fountain Centers Director Garth Barker, who passed away in 2007. It provides financial aid to individuals who wish to continue their education in the field of chemical dependency counseling.

Garth was committed to helping chemically dependent people begin a life of recovery and was a great supporter of individuals with an interest in and aptitude for counseling. The Scholarship Fund continues to offer that support in a tangible way. There is a shortage of qualified counselors and we believe incentives such as this will encourage people to consider the counseling profession.


The reason we have this program.

Garth was born October 2nd 1953 to Edwin and Adelia Belle Whitcomb Barker in New Hampton, Iowa. He attended high school in Fredericksburg, IA. Garth graduated from the University of Iowa, College of Pharmacy in 1978 and the University of Northern Iowa with a Masters in counseling in1989. On April 20th 1974 Garth was married to Marlyne Fink. The couple moved to Albert Lea in 1989. Garth was the clinical director of Fountain Centers Chemical Dependency Unit and through his own 22 years of sobriety touched many lives.Garth enjoyed fishing, golfing, reading, and remodeling. He loved being 'Papa' to his grandchildren.

Garth gave in death as he gave in life; he was an organ donor.

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