Join young professionals from around the globe in the WYCUP program—an annual scholarship and event designed to promote and engage the next generation of credit union leaders in the international credit union movement.
Win a Scholarship
The scholarship is awarded to five outstanding nominees who are 35 or younger, have made significant contributions to their credit union system and have the potential to make a global credit union impact.
The 2017 WYCUP scholarship will be awarded at the World Credit Union Conference in Vienna, Austria, July 23-26, for an all-expense-paid attendance to the 2018 World Credit Union Conference.
Scholarship deadline is 11:59 p.m. CST on Thursday, June 1, 2017.
Participate in Events
The WYCUP program in Vienna in July provides international networking and educational events for young credit union leaders at the World Credit Union Conference. Conference registrants age 35 and younger qualify for a $100 discount of the registration fee, and can participate in the WYCUP events at no extra cost!—regardless of their application for scholarship.
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Check out our remixed video of unique scholarship nomination submissions. WYCUP has been gathering talented young professionals all over the world for over 16 years!
WYCUP Program Schedule in Vienna, Austria
A tight-knit group of 74 young credit union leaders from 21 countries met last year in Belfast to participate in the WYCUP program.
Deadline for registration: June 24, 2017
Here was our 2016 Program. Check back in March to find out how 2017 is shaping up for Vienna!
Sandra McDowell is a former WYCUP scholarship winner and COO at First Credit Union in Powell River, BC. Outside of this role, she founded the eLeadership Academy to support the leadership development of others online. In her highly anticipated session, participants will learn how distractions can negatively impact their performance as leaders, and how self-awareness and focus can increase effectiveness. Participants will gain an increased understanding of how to harness the brain for improved productivity, communication, and overall wellbeing. In the afternoon, McDowell will lead WYCUP participants through an activity that will engage them in these practices and show them the benefits of mindful leadership.
The WYCUP program will include the following activities you won't want to miss:
Sunday, July 17
Meeting Room 1
WYCUP Program for Young Professionals (lunch is provided): Join a tight-knit group of young leaders from around the globe for a chance to network, participate in group discussions, and hear from our keynote speaker. (for conference attendees 35 and younger)*
New Attendee & Exhibitor Orientation
Conference Opening Ceremony and Welcoming Reception
Monday, July 18
WYCUP Dinner Dinner with the WYCUP group and their companions (self-paid)
Tuesday, July 19
Waterfront Hall, Level 2, Bar 2
WYCUP Alumni Network Reception Past and current WYCUP participants are invited to attend the WYCUP Alumni Reunion
Wednesday, July 20
WYCUP Scholarship Awards Five WYCUP nominees will receive an all-expense-paid attendance at the 2017 World Credit Union Conference in Vienna, Austria.
Closing Party Wrap up your Belfast experience and enjoy the new friendships you have made at the Titanic museum with drinks, food and dancing.
Schedule subject to change * All conference attendees age 35 and younger interested to participate in the WYCUP events in Belfast are required to register for the program via the conference registration system by June 27, 2016. Applications for the WYCUP scholarship are NOT a requirement for attending the WYCUP events.
Join the WYCUP Alumni Network!
COMING SOON! Fall 2016!
Thanks to our generous sponsors:
We were excited to announce the formation of the WYCUP alumni network in 2015 that will offer professional and leadership development opportunities with a globalfocus. WYCUP alumni, this is your chance to stay involved in the international movement and engage with your peers all over the world.
The WYCUP network officially launched in July, 2015 in Denver, USA, where WYCUP alumni from over 30 countries went to celebrate WYCUP's 15-year anniversary and the first alumni reunion.
WYCUP Alumni Network Working Group
A working group composed of prominent alumni are leading the network in 2015:
Robin Blythe, Account Manager, Libro Credit Union, Canada (2014 winner)
Congratulations to the winners of the 2016 WYCUP scholarship!
The following outstanding young professionals were awarded by an international committee an all-expense-paid attendance of the 2017 World Credit Union Conference in Austria.
Alexey Stepanov, Chairman, Consumer's Credit Cooperative Teachers Credit Union, Russia
"It was a pleasure to join the big family of like-minded people that develop credit unions around the world. New friends, new faces. Proud to be able to compete and represent the credit co-operatives of Russia."
Jinelle Schulere-Smart, Secretary, COPOS Credit Union Co-operative Society Limited, Trinidad & Tobago
"Eternally grateful to have been a part of such an amazing group of young people sharing common interest and having similar passion for the credit union movement. I have learnt so much and made so many awesome friends."
Melanie Cleary, Business Development & Marketing Manager, Dundrum Credit Union, Ireland
"It was a great honor and a privilege to work with such an illustrious and talented group of credit union leaders. I am looking forward to being an ambassador for young credit union professionals around the globe while advocating for progression within the movement. I would highly recommend getting involved with the WYCUP program."
"It was a great honor to take part in the WYCUP Program this year and an experience I will never forget! I came away from the conference feeling enthusiastic, empowered and confident that I could go back to my own Credit Union and implement some of the ideas I had picked up from my peers from all across the world."