LAS VEGAS (5/11/09)--Credit Union Student Choice, a credit union service organization that facilitates lending between credit unions and college students, received the 2009 Collaboration and Innovation Award from the National Association of Credit Union Service Organizations (NACUSO) last week. NACUSO presented the award to Credit Union Student Choice at its annual conference in Las Vegas. The award recognizes organizations that demonstrate leadership, critical thinking, creativity and innovation to further the credit union movement. Credit Union Student choice has approved $50 million in private student loans since May 2008. More than 60 credit unions nationwide have partnered with the organization to help more than 2,500 students. “Students deserve honest, cost-effective solutions” from institutions that are trustworthy and have their best interests in mind, according to Scott Patterson, Credit Union Student Choice vice president. The award is testament to the organization’s business model, which aims to help credit unions thrive in the tough economic environment, added Credit Union Student Choice President Jon Jeffreys. TMG Financial Services was also honored with NACUSO’s Collaboration and Innovation Award at the conference (News Now May 7).