WOCCU Issues Call for 2009 WYCUP Nominations

December 02, 2008

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WOCCU Chairman Melvin Edwards (left) and President & CEO Pete Crear (third from left) congratulate 2008 WYCUP winners (from left) Joe Agro, Anna Corona, Rafal Sokolowski, Nicholas May and Rachel Milan at the 2008 World Credit Union Conference in Hong Kong.

MADISON, Wis.—World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU) has issued a call for nominations for the WOCCU Young Credit Union People (WYCUP) Scholarship Program. The deadline for all nominations is Monday, June 15, 2009.

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.

"My experience at the WOCCU Conference in Hong Kong was inspiring," said 2008 WYCUP Award winner Anna Corona from AEA Federal Credit Union, Yuma, Ariz., U.S.A. "It was amazing to be around other young professionals who share the same passion for credit unions and strongly believe in the credit union philosophy of ‘People Helping People.'"

To be eligible for the scholarship, nominees must: 1) be sponsored by their credit union or credit union organization to attend WOCCU's 2009 World Credit Union Conference in Barcelona in July; 2) be 35 years of age or younger on January 1, 2009; and 3) submit a completed nomination form with all the necessary supporting materials to WOCCU no later than June 15, 2009.

The WOCCU Scholarship, which consists of an all-expenses-paid trip to the 2010 World Credit Union Conference, will be awarded to five recipients at 2009 Barcelona conference. All WYCUP nominees, regardless of award status, will be formally recognized in Barcelona and invited to take part in events organized specifically for participants under age 35, including a networking session. Conference 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 to download a nomination form, visit the WOCCU Website at

For more information on the WYCUP program, contact Liliana Tangwall, credit union analyst, at or by calling (608)395-2043.

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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Organization: World Council of Credit Unions
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