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Still accepting nominations for WYCUP
MADISON, Wis. (4/15/09)--Alison Carr worked for Point West CU in Portland, Ore., when she was nominated for World Council of Credit Unions' (WOCCU) Young Credit Union People (WYCUP) Scholarship Program in 2006. Being named a winner at first was a surprise to Carr, but no more so than the benefits she realized from receiving one of WOCCU's top honors. “I wasn't listening when my name was first called, but the resulting experience has dramatically changed my life,” said Carr, who now serves as director of learning events for the Credit Union National Association’s Center for Professional Development. “Winning the award was highly emotional for me, and the advantages I've gained in career development have been enormously beneficial.”
Click to view larger image World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU) Chairman Melvin Edwards (left) and President/CEO Pete Crear (third from left) congratulate 2008 WOCCU Young Credit Union People winners Joe Agro, Anna Corona, Rafal Sokolowski, Nicholas May and Rachel Milan at last year's World CU Conference in Hong Kong. (Photo provided by the World Council of Credit Unions)
WYCUP, open to credit union professionals age 35 and younger as of Jan. 1, is still accepting nominations for the 2009 program. Nominations will be accepted through June 15. Recipients will be recognized at WOCCU's World Credit Union Conference, July 26-29, in Barcelona, Spain. WYCUP is open to individuals who have already made significant contributions to the development of their own credit unions, regional or national credit union systems and have demonstrated the potential to employ their unique talents at the international level. “The WYCUP honor has provided confirmation of my beliefs in the cooperative movement and increased my commitment to my job and to the credit union system,” said 2008 winner Rachel Milan, director of marketing and community investment for Teachers CU, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. “I have become more confident in my work, which fuels my desire to help our credit union grow during these difficult times.” Nominees also must be sponsored by their credit union or credit union organization to attend WOCCU’s 2009 World Credit Union Conference in Barcelona in July. WOCCU will award the WYCUP scholarship--an all-expense-paid trip to the 2010 World Credit Union Conference--to five recipients at the 2009 conference in Barcelona. All nominees, regardless of award status, will be formally recognized in Barcelona and invited to take part in events organized specifically for participants age 35 and younger, including a special networking session. Conference registrants in this age group also qualify for a discounted registration fee regardless of whether they compete for the scholarship. “If you're passionate about the contribution you make to the credit union movement, you'll find WYCUP a wonderful experience,” Carr said. “You quickly realize we're all unified in the challenges we face. I really appreciate WOCCU's commitment to continue making this opportunity possible.”
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