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WYCUP celebrates 10 years serving young CU pros
MADISON, Wis. (3/11/10)--The World Council of Credit Unions' (WOCCU) Young Credit Union People (WYCUP) Scholarship Program celebrates its 10th anniversary this year.
Click to view larger image Young Credit Union People Scholarship Program winners during last year’s ceremonies were, from left: Amy Stanton, U.S.; Carolyne Luvembe, Kenya; Ross Lambrick, Australia; Julie Ferguson, Ireland; and Jeff Rout, Canada. Presenting the honors at the 2009 World Credit Union Conference (WOCCU) in Barcelona were WOCCU President/CEO Pete Crear (third from right); WOCCU Chair Barry Jolette, U.S.; and WOCCU Director and Awards Committee Chair Ron Hance, U.S. (Photo provided by World Council of Credit Unions)
WOCCU is accepting nominations for this year’s WYCUP program, which promotes international education and networking opportunities for credit union professionals and dedicated volunteers under age 35. The deadline for nominations is June 7. “The WYCUP program was an excellent opportunity to broaden my perspective through networking with peers from around the world,” said Carolyne Luvembe, education and training officer for Kenya Union of Savings and Credit Cooperatives, Nairobi. She earned a WYCUP scholarship at the 2009 World Credit Union Conference in Barcelona, Spain. “It also provided an opportunity for me to learn how to think in a more dynamic way,” she added. More than 400 young credit union professionals and volunteers have passed through the program, said WYCUP founder Dave Grace, WOCCU vice president of association services. “We’ve seen national programs in Australia, Canada, Ireland, Poland and, more recently, in the U.S. begin as a result of WYCUP's influence and effectiveness,” Grace said. The program seeks individuals who have already made significant contributions to the development of their credit unions or regional or national credit union systems and who have demonstrated the potential to employ their talents at the international level. Credit unions and credit union organizations that are WOCCU members can nominate their next generation of leaders to compete for the WYCUP Scholarship. To be eligible for the scholarship, nominees must:
* Be sponsored by their credit union or credit union organization to attend The 1 Credit Union Conference--a combination of WOCCU's World Credit Union Conference and the Credit Union National Association’s America's Credit Union Conference--in Las Vegas, July 11-14; * Be 35 years old or younger on Jan. 1; and * Submit a completed nomination form to WOCCU with all the necessary supporting materials by June 7.
The WYCUP Scholarship, which consists of an all-expense-paid trip to the 2011 World Credit Union Conference in Glasgow, Scotland, will be awarded to five recipients at the 2010 Las Vegas conference. WYCUP nominees, regardless of award status, will be formally recognized in Las Vegas and invited to take part in events and networking sessions organized specifically for participants under age 35. All conference registrants age 35 and under also qualify for a discounted registration fee. For more information, use the link. For questions about WYCUP, contact Liliana Tangwall or call 608-395-2043.
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