MADISON, Wis. — Since its inception in 2001, more than 125 young credit union leaders have been apart of World Council of Credit Unions' (WOCCU) Young Credit Union People (WYCUP) scholarship program, which promotes international education and networking opportunities for credit union professionals and dedicated volunteers age 35 and under.
With the nomination deadline quickly approaching, now is the time to nominate rising stars in the international credit union movement. It may be a first-time nomination or one in a line of multiple WYCUP winners from your credit union, as with Robert Keogh, chief executive officer at Community CPS Australia in Adelaide, South Australia.
"At Community CPS Australia we have been fortunate enough to have two of our young leaders awarded with the WYCUP scholarship — Cas Scott in 2010 and Nick May in 2008," Keogh said. "I would highly recommend that other credit unions nominate potential young leaders for the WYCUP award as it's a great opportunity to raise the profile of your credit union within industry groups and recognize the efforts of your young leaders."
Nominations are now being accepted through June 14, 2011, for individuals under the age of 35 who have made significant contributions within their own credit union system — locally, regionally or nationally.
All WYCUP nominees will be formally recognized at this year's World Credit Union Conference, July 24 – 27 in Glasgow, Scotland, and invited to participate in events specifically for WYCUPers, including an all-day educational session and lunch with the WOCCU board of directors. During the awards ceremony, five nominees will receive all-expense-paid scholarships to the 2012 World Credit Union Conference in Gdańsk, Poland.
"The WYCUP program has provided our young leaders with international insights and contacts that can be used for collaboration on our credit union's projects, along with invaluable leadership skills and the confidence to make a difference," Keogh said. "The WYCUP program has also enhanced Cas' and Nick's career paths, and they both hold senior positions within Community CPS Australia."
For more information on the WYCUP scholarship program and to download a nomination form, visit www.woccu.org/wycup or contact Liliana Tangwall at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling +1-608-395-2043.
World Council of Credit Unions is the global trade association and development agency for credit unions. World Council promotes the sustainable development of credit unions and other financial cooperatives around the world to empower people through access to high quality and affordable financial services. World Council advocates on behalf of the global credit union system before international organizations and works with national governments to improve legislation and regulation. Its technical assistance programs introduce new tools and technologies to strengthen credit unions' financial performance and increase their outreach.
World Council has implemented more than 290 technical assistance programs in 71 countries. Worldwide, 57,000 credit unions in 103 countries serve 208 million people. Learn more about World Council's impact around the world at www.woccu.org.