Skidmore Prize

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Every year Willamette Week awards the Skidmore Prize to 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.

This year we were so impressed that there's five winners!
If you’ve ever wondered who’s really making a difference in our community, scroll down.

This year's finalists included: Joy Alise Davis (Imagine Black Futures), Gustavo Martinez (Bienstar), Charelle Stanley (Wild Diversity), and Elona Wilson (Next Up).

Winners of the Skidmore Prize must be under the age of 36 and work full-time for a local nonprofit. Winners received their awards, including prizes of $4,000, at the beginning of the Give!Guide campaign.

2008 Prize Winners
Polly Bangs
After Polly Bangs graduated from Portland State nine years ago with an English degree at age 24, she set out to find a job. And got rejected. I...
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Rodolfo Serna
Rodolfo Serna winces with embarrassment recalling his brief stint as a used-car salesman. This little old lady, he reminisces, needed a car to...
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Amy Harwood
Amy Harwood never intended to get into environmental activism. Her first love was the political world, and her background is in election...
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Katy Kolker
Katy Kolker says shes found her dream job, but it probably doesnt look like yours. Kolker, 28, is the executive director and...
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