Send in Your 2005 WYCUP Nominations!

5th Annual WOCCU Young Credit Union Professionals Scholarship Program

March 24, 2005

Madison, WI – As the May 13th deadline fast approaches, World Council of Credit Unions, Inc. (WOCCU) would like to encourage credit union organizations to submit their nominations for the WOCCU Young Credit Union Professionals (WYCUP) scholarship.

First introduced in 2001, the WYCUP program encourages credit union organizations to commit to involving young professionals in national and international credit union movements; the future sustainability of the international credit union system is in the hands of the next generation of credit union professionals and volunteers.

"Participating in the WYCUP program was the highlight of my career," says 2002 WYCUP Scholarship winner Skott Pope, VP of Education and Development, Washington Credit Union League. "The connections I have made with credit union professionals around the world help keep me motivated, have given me new ideas to help my organization and have made me feel like I'm connected to the greater good of the movement. I cannot express the difference that it has made in both my personal and professional life."

To be eligible for the WYCUP scholarship, nominees must: 1) be sponsored by their credit union or credit union organization to attend the World Credit Union Conference held in Rome, Italy, July 24-27, 2005, 2) be 35 years of age or younger on January 1, 2005, and 3) submit a completed nomination form, with all necessary supporting materials, to WOCCU no later than May 13, 2005.

The World Credit Union Conference offers the ideal environment for young professionals to broaden their perspectives on the international credit union movement, learn about the newest trends in credit union development and network with other credit union leaders, particularly their young professional peers. The WYCUP committee will select five credit union professionals from among the 2005 nominees to receive an all-expense paid scholarship to attend the World Credit Union Conference in Dublin, Ireland in the summer of 2006.

World Council supports and encourages participation in WYCUP from credit union movements across all geographies and has reduced World Conference registration fees for young professionals by US$150. WOCCU encourages both interested young professionals to secure nominations and credit union organizations to consider nominating qualified young professionals.

For nomination forms and further information on judging criteria and the selection process, please visit the WYCUP section of WOCCU's website at For more information on WYCUP, please contact Bryn Olsen, marketing & communications assistant, at or 608-231-7398.

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 300+ technical assistance programs in 89 countries. Worldwide, 68,882 credit unions in 109 countries serve 235 million people. Learn more about World Council's impact around the world at

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