Next Generation of Credit Union Leaders Sought

WYCUP Scholarship Call For Nominations

January 04, 2004

Phone: (608) 395-2000

Madison, WI-Credit union leaders age 35 and under are invited to submit a nomination for the World Council of Credit Unions, Inc.(WOCCU)WYCUP scholarship. World Council's Young Credit Union People Scholarship will be awarded to five winners in the Bahamas on August 4, 2004. The five winners of the WYCUP Scholarship receive an all expenses paid trip to attend the 2005 International Credit Union Leadership Institute held in Italy.

By recognizing and promoting the next generation of leaders in the international system WOCCU aims to ensure the future sustainability of the international credit union system. Credit unions and credit union organizations affiliated to the World Council are encouraged to participate in this aim by identifying and nominating their next generation of credit union leaders to compete for the WYCUP Scholarship.

A five person WYCUP Committee will select the winners of the 4th WYCUP scholarship. In reviewing nominations, the WYCUP Committee are looking to reward those individuals who have already made a significant contribution to the development of their credit union or credit union organization and have the potential to play a role within the international credit union movement.

To be eligible for the WYCUP scholarship, nominees must: 1) be sponsored to attend the 7th International Credit Union Leadership Meeting in Bahamas, August 1-4, 2004, 2) be age 35 or under on January 1, 2004, and 3) submit a nomination form, a 500 word essay and any other supporting materials.

In the Bahamas, WYCUP nominees will be uniquely recognized at the Institute Meeting as the next generation of credit union leaders and invited to take part in events organized specifically for those age 35 and under, including a networking session, a reception and the WYCUP Challenge. Registrants age 35 and under also qualify for a discounted price on the cost of their registration for the Leadership Institute.

Further information about the WYCUP Scholarship is available under the "Get Involved" section of the WOCCU website. Nomination forms, available in both English and Spanish, can be downloaded at wycup_pdf_english.pdf. The deadline to submit a nomination for the WYCUP Scholarship is June 18, 2004.

For more information on WYCUP please contact Tina Barnes, credit union analyst at or (608) 231-7913.

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.

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