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.

2015 Prize Winners
April Woods

Meals on Wheels People

April Woods prepares 300 meals daily for hungry, low-income seniors 65 and over, including hot meals that are delivered across the metro area and also directs more than 15 volunteers monthly.

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Drew Gadbois

De Paul Treatment Centers

Gadbois team of seven counselors and case managers serves daily up to 40 kids who are seeking freedom from addiction. Of nearly 600 kids Gadbois has individually counseled at De Paul, at least 70 percent have successfully graduated from the program.

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Rebecca Burrell

The Right Brain Initiative

Burrell’s advocacy work has helped Right Brain serve 20,000 students from 63 Portland metro-area schools in seven districts and three counties.

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Leticia Aguilar

Adelante Mujeres

Aguilar assists more than 400 Latina girls in Forest Grove annually by providing leadership education, mentorship and college prep.

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