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Winners Of CUNA's 2013 Desjardins Fin. Ed Awards Announced
WASHINGTON and MADISON, Wisc. (11/15/13)--The Credit Union National Association announced Thursday the winners of awards to credit unions with outstanding financial education programs in 2013.

Recipients of the Desjardins Financial Education Awards included nine first-place winners in youth and adult education categories, and several second-place winners and honorable mentions.
 
"Nine first-place winners are a testament to the commitment of credit unions in providing their members, and their prospective members, a solid understanding of the challenges and rewards of fully understanding their financial positions," said Bill Cheney, CUNA president /CEO.
 
First-place honorees in the youth education category were:
  • Community CU, in Lewiston, Maine;
  • CORE FCU, in East Syracuse, N.Y.;
  • Silver State Schools CU, in Las Vegas, Nev.; and
  • Topline FCU, in Maple Grove, Minn.
Second-place honorees in the youth category were:
  • Clarence Community & Schools FCU, in Clarence, N.Y.;
  • CommunityAmerica CU, in Kansas City, Mo.;
  • Education CU, in Amarillo, Texas; and
  • Public Service CU, in Romulus, Mich.
Honorable mentions for the youth category were:
  • Altra FCU, in Onalaska, Wis.;
  • Central City CU, in Marshfield, Wis.; and
  • HealthCare First CU, in Johnstown, Pa.
First-place honorees in the adult education category were:
  • Bayport CU, in Newport News, Va.;
  • Community CU, in Lewiston, Me;
  • Electro Savings CU, in St. Louis, Mo.; and
  • St. Louis Community CU, in St. Louis, Mo.
Second-place winners in the adult category were:
  • CommunityAmerica CU, in Kansas City, Mo.;
  • Greater Minnesota CU, in Mora, Minn.; and
  • Topline FCU, in Maple Grove, Minn.
Honorable-mention winners for the adult category were:
  • University of Michigan CU, in Ann Arbor, Mich.; and
  • US FCU, in Burnsville, Minn.
CUNA also honored The Maine Credit Union League with a Desjardins Financial Education Award for its efforts to improve financial literacy among children and adults.

The awards are named after Alphonse Desjardins, who founded the first credit unions in the U.S. and Canada. Desjardins also founded youth savings clubs, in-school banks, "caisses populaires," and cooperative savings and loan companies tailored to the needs of the working class.

Winners will be honored at a Feb. 26 award ceremony that will be held amid CUNA's 2014 Governmental Affairs Conference--scheduled to take place between Feb. 23 and Feb. 27 in Washington, D.C.


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