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Global Women's Group Seeks Scholarship Applicants
MADISON, Wis. (2/20/13)--The World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU) is seeking eligible women leaders working in developing credit union movements worldwide to apply for a 2013 Global Women's Leadership Network scholarship.

The scholarship provides an annual network membership and access to the 2013 Global Women's Leadership Forum, July 13-14, in conjunction with WOCCU's  2013 World Credit Union Conference in Ottawa, Canada.

Click to view larger image Last year's Global Women's Leadership Network scholarship recipients were panelists at the 2012 Global Women's Leadership Forum in Gdańsk, Poland, in July. They included, from left: Jedidah Nyongesa Musamali, Goezraal Springs Empowerment Foundation (Kenya); Yamata Karki, Prakritinagar Women Independent Group and Nayapati SACCO Ltd. (Nepal); Lara Thomas, The MILLA Project (U.S.); and Gail Rajkumar, TATECO Credit Union Co-op. Society Ltd. (Trinidad). Not pictured is Arou Christine Tanyi, Cameroon Cooperative Credit Union League (Cameroon).
Click to view larger image Global Women's Leadership Network scholarship recipient Lara Thomas (right) poses with fellow network member and Credit Union Executives Society Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Barb Kachelski at the 2012 Global Women's Leadership Network Reception in Gdańsk, Poland. (Photos provided by the World Council of Credit Unions)
"The purpose of the Global Women's Leadership Network is to provide peer network support to women growing into leadership roles in the global credit union community," said Brian Branch, World Council president/CEO. "We saw last year's scholarship winners go on to integrate credit unions into community development, women's outreach and human rights programs in places such as Trinidad, Kenya and Libya."

For Lara Thomas, founder of The MILLA Project and one of five scholarship recipients in 2012, the experience offered professional value for both her and the international human rights organization she established. Thomas collaborated with WOCCU to explore the development of democratic financial institutions in Libya. She also made global connections on a personal level.

Network scholarships cover the cost of the 2013 network membership, the World Credit Union Conference, forum registration fees and partial travel costs. The annual forum includes a networking reception and a full-day peer-advisory session.

Applicants must demonstrate financial need and contributions to their communities, credit unions and/or credit union systems. Preference will be given to recipients from diverse backgrounds who have the most to gain from the experience. Scholarships are funded by network membership dues, WOCCU and the Canadian Co-operative Association, which is financially supporting the program for the third year.

Scholarship applications and references must be sent by March 1. Use the link. Scholarship offers will be made to successful candidates by April 1.

For more information, use the link or contact Nicole Bice at or 1-608-395-2027.

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