From 1936 to 1938 General George C. Marshall lived in Vancouver in the Victorian house on Officers Row that today bears his name. While in Vancouver, he was a Brigadier General and served as Commander of the 5th Infantry Brigade at Vancouver Barracks. Marshall served as the Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army during World War II and he was Secretary of State from 1947 to 1949. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for the Marshall Plan, which helped rebuild the economies of Europe and the Pacific nations after the war.
General George C. Marshall Public Leadership Award was instituted in 1989 to recognize a young person’s commitment to public service and demonstrated leadership potential. This award was created in cooperation with the Marshall Foundation in Lexington, Virginia, to commemorate General Marshall’s two-year residence in Vancouver and to honor the legacy of this world statesman.
Two awards are given to Clark County Residents each year at the ceremony.
The ADULT LEADERSHIP AWARD is given to a community figure 35 years of age or younger who has demonstrated leadership ability, commitment to public service, academic achievement and potential for an ongoing active role in public service.
The YOUTH LEADERSHIP AWARD was established in 2000, and is presented to a high school Senior who demonstrates leadership, takes a stand for the rights of others, serves as a role model, shows initiative and motivates others to become involved.
Max Ault, Columbia River Economic Development Council (CREDC)
Sophie Muro, Camas High School