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.
Tamika-Jo Andy is a member of Mishkosiminiziibiing Anishinaabeg (Big Grassy River First Nation) of Ontario, Canada. She is 25 and a mother to two beautiful daughters and is raising them to be strong indigenous matriarchs. Tamika-Jo and her family reside in Northwestern Minnesota, in Bemijigamaag. She has experience of being a sexual health educator and being a former domestic violence advocate at a women’s shelter in her community. She has a passion for strategizing and working with others to implement a plan of action. She volunteers as a planning member for her community’s annual local event: raising awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.