The Outstanding Scholar Award is given to applicants who we feel are utilizing their studies in promising ways, and show innovative and creative ideas for how they plan to build on their studies to bring healing and safety to our communities. Each Outstanding Scholar Award is given with a $150 honorarium.
AGNES WOODWARD (cree) is from Kawacatoose First Nation which is located in Saskatchewan, Canada. She is a mother of five and a full-time student working towards a degree in Psychology. Agnes is the secretary and blog contributor to the Arikara Community Action Group, a nonprofit with a focus on youth engagement, empowerment, and leadership.
She is also a cohort member and writing contributor for Project Ava a media non-profit whose mission is to empower underrepresented voices.
She is a ribbon skirt maker and believes in the power of healing through sewing. Agnes has designed a ribbon skirt that honors Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and Two-Spirited. The ribbon skirt was made in memory of her aunt who was murdered in 1982. Through her upbringing, she has developed a strong sense of justice and is passionate about advocating and being a voice for the many who have been silenced or have yet to find their voice.