Recipients of the 2013 Global Women's Leadership Network scholarship included (pictured left to right) Barbara Gascoigne, Jamaica Teachers' Association Cooperative Credit Union Ltd.; Lisa Marie Bonin, Servus Credit Union (Canada); Eleonora Zgonjanin Petrovikj, FULM Savings House (Macedonia); Cheryl Rettschlag, Servus Credit Union (Canada); and Kruewan Chonlanai, Credit Union League of Thailand, Ltd. Additional recipients not pictured included Irene Jelangat, Belgut Rural Women SACCO (Kenya); and Triza Tsiga Magreta, Mudi SACCO (Malawi).
MADISON, Wis. — World Council of Credit Unions invites eligible women credit union leaders to apply for the 2014 Global Women's Leadership Network scholarship. The scholarship champions emerging women credit union leaders through access to a network of credit union professional expertise. The application deadline is March 28, 2014.
The Global Women's Leadership Network seeks emerging women leaders who are committed to making a difference in their credit union movements. The scholarship will support candidates' projects that further the vision and mission of the Network.
"Our objective is to advance credit union women in leadership roles throughout our global community," said Brian Branch, World Council president and CEO.
Interested women should submit their applications, including a project description. Successful projects will foster the success of the applicant's organization by solving a problem or meeting a credit union and/or community need. Examples include strengthening the capacity of women leaders in the organization and expanding financial services to underserved community members.
Selected candidates will attend the 2014 Global Women's Leadership Forum and World Credit Union Conference, which will take place in Gold Coast, Australia, July 25–30. During the 2014 Leadership Forum, selected candidates will present their projects to Network members, who will vote on which candidates will receive Network support for the implementation of their project. Those chosen will carry out their project from August 2014 through June 2015 and will return to the 2015 Global Women's Leadership Forum in Denver, USA, to present their project results.
To be eligible for the scholarship, applicants must be female emerging leaders in the global credit union movement, which include young professionals and leaders from a developing credit union movement. Successful candidates must demonstrate the ability to effectively implement their proposed project and suggest appropriate engagement from the Network, such as volunteers, training internships, etc.
Scholarships are made possible through funding provided by annual Network membership donations and sponsorships, such as that provided by CUNA Mutual, a Founding Level Supporter of the Network.
Scholarship applications and project descriptions must be sent to CUwomen@woccu.org by March 28, 2014. Scholarship offers will be made to successful candidates by April 4. For complete details about the scholarship criteria and awards, please visit www.CUwomen.org/scholarships. For questions, please contact CUwomen@woccu.org.
Visit www.GoldCoast2014.org to learn more about the 2014 World Credit Union Conference.
The Global Women's Leadership Network is a World Council of Credit Unions initiative to advance credit union women in leadership. The Network provides a unique opportunity for credit union women to make a global impact by sharing business knowledge and experiences with industry peers. By supporting the professional development of credit union leaders, Network members are empowered to expand the impact of their credit unions and make a difference in their communities. More than 550 women from 35 countries have been involved with the Network since its inception, with regional sister society groups in multiple locations in the U.S. and around the world. Learn more at www.CUwomen.org.
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 105 countries serve 217 million people. Learn more about World Council's impact around the world at www.woccu.org.