CFUW Aboriginal Women’s Award (AWA) 2020-2021

2020 – 2021

Value Range: $10,000 – $25,000 (Renewable)

In March 2015, the Education Council-Wolfville transferred the proceeds of their education fund to the CFUW Charitable Trust to establish a new award, the CFUW Aboriginal Women’s Award (AWA).

This award was designed to honour Dr. Marion Elder Grant’s life-long commitment to education of women. Dr. Grant has an outstanding record of leadership as the 11th CFUW President (1949-52), CFUW Wolfville President, and Dean of Women and Professor of Psychology, Acadia University.

An applicant for the CFUW AWA will be considered eligible on the basis of the following criteria:

  • Canadian Aboriginal woman;
  • Study in Canada;
  • Holds or will hold an undergraduate university degree or equivalent before the CFUW AWA for which she applied is granted; and
  • Must have applied to be a full-time student in any year of an eligible program at a recognized or accredited Canadian post-secondary degree-granting institution.

Eligible programs: are the academic programs for which a CFUW AWA Applicant may be studying. They include:

  1. Programs leading to a first degree in law – Bachelor of Laws (LLB); Juris Doctor (JD).
  2. Programs leading to the following first degrees in medicine – Medical Doctor (MD); Doctor of Optometry (OD).
  3. Programs leading to qualifying for a licence to practice as a Nurse Practitioner in the province or territory of the graduate’s choice.
  4. Programs leading to a Master’s degree in fields dealing with important Canadian aboriginal issues at the time the AWA is given as defined by the most recent Canadian report by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples.

2020-2021 Winner: 

Nicole Nohr Dawydiuk


Nicole Nohr Dawydiuk

Nicole Nohr DawydiukB.Sc. Health Sciences, 2019, Simon Fraser University

M.Sc. Population and Public Health, 2019-2021, University of British Columbia

Nicole has followed her passion studying Indigenous health and primary health care accessibility in rural communities for her undergraduate degree.  She is continuing her studies in a Master of Science program at UBC, where she also works as a graduate research assistant at the Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP). 

Nicole’s thesis work has been developed in collaboration with community partners at HELP and the Aboriginal Steering Committee. Her research will focus on utilizing parent-toddler data (TDI-Toddler Development Instrument) collected from communities across BC to assess toddler well-being in communities, as a way to better understand how Indigenous families are accessing primary health care and community resources.

This project will be used to identify resource gaps and barriers to care, to help communities and stakeholders distribute their resources according to the needs of families.