Skidmore Prize Winners


Skidmore Prize collage
Collage of past winners

Every year Willamette Week honors four young Portlanders who work every day to make Portland a better place and to preserve the community-oriented nature of the city we all know and love. They are awarded the coveted Skidmore Prize and publicly recognized for their good works. Winners are selected from a pool of applicants nominated by their peers and coworkers.

ELIGIBILITY

Nominees must be younger than 36 during 2022 and work at least 20 hours a week for a local nonprofit (not as a volunteer). The nonprofit must be based in Multnomah, Clackamas or Washington counties. They must also be a 501(c)(3) organization recognized by the IRS or fiscally sponsored by one.

NOMINATION GUIDELINES

Here are a few things to keep in mind for nominations — You may not nominate yourself. Nonprofits may nominate more than one employee for the Skidmore Prize, but the nonprofit may have only one winner. An individual needs only one nomination in order to be invited to apply for the award.

PRIZES

Each Skidmore Prize winner receives a cash prize of $4,000 and is celebrated throughout the campaign. In addition, the Skidmore Prize winner’s nonprofit employer will also be recognized with a Golden Ticket to the Give!Guide campaign with participation fees waived. Finalists will be given a Silver Ticket to the 2022 Give!Guide campaign, but their nonprofit will be subject to the participation fee.

SELECTION COMMITTEE

The Skidmore Prize Selection Committee consists of active Portlanders from diverse backgrounds and perspectives. They will choose nine finalists to interview and select four of those finalists as winners.

IMPORTANT DATES

July 20, Nomination period opens
Aug. 12, midnight Nomination deadline
Aug. 15, Applications sent to all nominees
Aug. 26,
midnight Application deadline
Aug. 27 - Sept. 2, Committee review
Sept. 7,
Committee interviews and selection
Sept. 9,
All Skidmore Prize applicants notified of their status

QUESTIONS

Email us with “Skidmore Prize 2022” in the subject line.

2004 Prize Winners
Felipe Leon
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Travis Williams
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Emily Root
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Gavin Shettler
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