MADISON, Wis. (6/17/09)--The CUNA Lending Council more than doubled its commitment to educating lending professionals by raising its scholarship budget to $125,000 for 2009 from $55,000 last year. The increase means a minimum of 50 executives can benefit from lending-related education programs this year. “We recognize it has been a tougher year for a lot of credit unions, so we wanted to step up to the plate and help out more professionals than ever this year,” said Council Chair Lloyd Gill, executive vice president and chief lending officer at City County CU in Margate, Fla. Scholarships are awarded up to $2,500 and can be used toward expenses for CUNA Lending Council conference registration, Credit Union National Association (CUNA) school tuition, CUNA Lending Council annual dues, or coursework not offered through the CUNA program. Only coursework in lending-related subjects are applicable for the scholarship program. The council also recently extended the scholarship deadline for the CUNA Business Lending Certification Institutes to Monday. The new deadline applies to all four levels of the institute taking place simultaneously July 20-24, in Madison. These include: Fundamentals, Credit Analysis, Advanced Credit Analysis and Management Strategies. For more information, use the links.