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Desjardins Financial Education Award Overview for State Government Policymakers

Desjardins Financial Education Award Overview for State Government Policymakers

Purpose

To formally recognize state policymakers leadership on behalf of financial education.

Procedure

State Credit Union Leagues interested in nominating a state lawmaker should submit a completed entry form and evidentiary materials to CUNA State Governmental Affairs by December 31.

Timetable

December 31: League entries due to CUNA State Governmental Affairs.

In January: Judging by CUNA’s State Credit Union Subcommittee.

Questions & Answers about the State Government Policymakers’ Desjardins Awards

Q: Is only the policy activity that occurred in a current year eligible to qualify for the award?

A: No. Any policy activity within a three-year window of the current legislative session that raises awareness of financial education can qualify.

Q: What activities are eligible?

A: State policymakers may receive an award for involvement in almost any kind of policy activity that raises awareness and marshals resources on behalf of financial literacy.

Q: Does the policy have to have to be enacted to be eligible?

A: No.

Q: Does a policymaker have to be a state winner to be a candidate for the national award?

A: No. Whether the state credit union league decides to develop a state award is entirely up to each state and will have no effect on the national award.

Q: How does the national Desjardins judging work for state policymakers’ entries?

A: Entries for the national state policymaker award will be evaluated on the type of legislation that is introduced, as well as the commitment of the state policymaker to financial education in his or her state.

Q: What is the judging fee for state policymakers’ entries?

A: There is no fee for state policymaker award entries in the Desjardins Award program.

Q: What are the procedures for leagues that wish to submit entries in the national Desjardins Award for state policymakers program?

A: See the entry form.

Q: Who was Alphonse Desjardins?

A: Alphonse Desjardins (1854 – 1920) was a credit union pioneer who was instrumental in forming the Canadian and U.S. credit union movements. Besides helping to found the first credit unions in Canada and the U.S. Desjardins pioneered youth savings clubs and in- school "banks," known as caisses scolaires.

A: Alphonse Desjardins (1854 – 1920) was a credit union pioneer who was instrumental in forming the Canadian and U.S. credit union movements. Besides helping to found the first credit unions in Canada and the U.S. Desjardins pioneered youth savings clubs and in- school "banks," known as caisses scolaires.

Please direct questions about the Desjardins Financial Education Award for State Lawmakers to Shelton Roulhac at sroulhac@cuna.coop.

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