MADISON, Wis. (12/3/08)--World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU) has issued a call for nominations for the WOCCU Young Credit Union People (WYCUP) Scholarship Program. The deadline for nominations is June 15. WOCCU is committed to ensuring the future sustainability of the international credit union system by recognizing and promoting its next generation of leaders, WOCCU said. The WYCUP Scholarship Program seeks individuals who have made significant contributions to the development of their credit unions, regional or national credit union systems, and who have demonstrated the potential to employ their talents at the international level.
World Council of Credit Unions Chairman Melvin Edwards, left, and President/CEO Pete Crear, third from left, congratulate 2008 WYCUP winners, from left: Joe Agro, Anna Corona, Rafal Sokolowski, Nicholas May and Rachel Milan at the 2008 World Credit Union Conference in Hong Kong. (Photo provided by the World Council of Credit Unions)
WOCCU encouraged credit unions and credit union organizations that are WOCCU members to nominate their next generation of credit union leaders to compete for the WYCUP Scholarship. “My experience at the WOCCU Conference in Hong Kong was inspiring,“ said 2008 WYCUP Award winner Anna Corona from AEA FCU, Yuma, Ariz. “It was amazing to be around other young professionals who share the same passion for credit unions and strongly believe in the credit union philosophy of People Helping People.“ To be eligible for the scholarship, nominees must:
* Be sponsored by their credit union or credit union organization to attend WOCCU's 2009 World Credit Union Conference in Barcelona in July; * Be 35 years of age or younger on Jan. 1, 2009; and * Submit a completed nomination form with all supporting materials to WOCCU by June 15, 2009.
The WOCCU Scholarship, which consists of an all-expenses-paid trip to the 2010 World Credit Union Conference, will be awarded to five recipients at 2009 Barcelona conference. All WYCUP nominees, regardless of award status, will be formally recognized in Barcelona and invited to take part in events organized specifically for participants under age 35, including a networking session. Conference registrants age 35 and under also qualify for a discounted registration fee regardless of whether they compete for the scholarship. For more information on the WYCUP Scholarship program and to download a nomination form, use the resource link. For more information on the WYCUP program, contact Liliana Tangwall, credit union analyst, at firstname.lastname@example.org