WOCCU Calls for 2008 DSA, WYCUP Nominations

January 09, 2008

Organization: World Council of Credit Unions
Phone: (608) 395-2000

MADISON, Wis.—World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU) has issued a call for nominations for its two leading awards programs, the Distinguished Service Award (DSA) and the WOCCU Young Credit Union People (WYCUP) Scholarship Program.

WOCCU's mission is worldwide credit union representation and development, and DSA is the most distinguished award presented to honor contributions to the global credit union movement. The award is presented both to individuals and institutions that have offered exemplary service to the credit union movement and its practices. The DSA honor is not given every year, its presentation governed by the viability and worthiness of candidates in the eyes of the judges. All presentations are made at WOCCU's World Credit Union Conference, this year schedule for July 13-16 in Hong Kong.

In the case of individuals, recipients may be WOCCU and member organization officers, directors or representative; international credit union pioneers; field technicians with a long and outstanding service record; or persons whose actions have benefitted global credit union development. No more than three individual awards may be presented in a single year. Institutional recipients may be organizations or agencies that have provided financial and technical assistance to develop international credit union movements and their service infrastructures over an extended period of time. No more than one institutional award may be granted each year.

Nominations must be made by a WOCCU member organization and this year are due no later than May 1, 2008. For more information on the DSA Award and a nomination form, visit the WOCCU Website at

WOCCU is committed to ensuring the future sustainability of the international credit union system by recognizing and promoting its next generation of leaders. The WYCUP Scholarship Program seeks individuals who have already made significant contributions to the development of their own credit unions, regional or national credit union systems and have demonstrated the potential to employ their unique talents at the international level. Credit unions and credit union organizations that are WOCCU members are encouraged to nominate their next generation of credit union leaders to compete for the WYCUP Scholarship.

To be eligible for the scholarship, nominees must: 1) be sponsored by their credit union or credit union organization to attend WOCCU's 2008 World Credit Union Conference in Hong Kong in July; 2) be 35 years of age or younger and January 1, 2008; and 3) submit a completed nomination form with all the necessary supporting materials to WOCCU no later than June 2, 2008.

The WOCCU Scholarship, which consists of an all-expenses-paid trip to the 2009 World Credit Union Conference, will be awarded to five recipients at 2008 Hong Kong conference. The top two ranking winners as determined by the judges will have the opportunity to visit a WOCCU project as part of the Cooperative Learning Tour development program. All WYCUP nominees, regardless of award status, will be formally recognized in Hong Kong and invited to take part in events organized specifically for participants under age 35, including a networking session. Registrants age 35 and under also qualify for a discounted registration fee regardless of whether or not they compete for the scholarship.

For more information on the WYCUP Scholarship program and a nomination form, visit the WOCCU Website at

For more information on both the DSA and WYCUP award programs, contact Dave Grace, WOCCU's vice president of Association Services, at or (608) 395-2087.

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