WYCUP Scholarship Deadline Nears

World Council members encouraged to nominate young leaders

May 16, 2017

MADISON, Wis. — World Council of Credit Unions seeks nominations from its member organizations for the World Council Young Credit Union People (WYCUP) scholarship program, an international networking and educational opportunity for promising credit union leaders. Nominations are due June 1, 2017.

World Council leaders awarded the 2016 WYCUP winners in Belfast. Pictured above (from left): Brian McCrory, World Council 1st Vice Chair, Dan Burns, World Council Chair, Jinelle Schulere-Smart (Trinidad and Tobago), Pauline Scheils (Ireland), Aleksey Stepanov (Russia), Melanie Cleary (Ireland), Eric Tumwet (Kenya), Brian Branch, World Council president/CEO; and Manfred Dasenbrock, World Council Secretary.

Scholarship awards and the WYCUP program for young professionals will take place at the 2017 World Credit Union Conference in Vienna, Austria, July 23–26, 2017.

"WYCUP connects, equips and champions young credit union leaders so that they can grow our global movement for years to come," said Brian Branch, World Council president and CEO.

To be eligible for the scholarship, nominees must:

  • Be 35 years of age or younger as of January 1, 2017.
  • Demonstrate leadership, personal commitment and the potential to significantly influence credit unions in and outside their country.
  • Be sponsored by their credit union or credit union organization to attend the 2017 World Credit Union ConferenceWorld Council members include organizations affiliated with any national organization belonging to World Council.
  • Submit a completed nomination form and supporting materials by June 1.
  • Not have been a previous WYCUP scholarship recipient.
  • Not be a World Council employee.

WYCUP scholarships will be awarded to five recipients for an all-expense-paid trip to the 2018 World Credit Union Conference. Conference registrants age 35 and younger qualify for a discounted registration fee and can participate in the WYCUP events in Vienna, regardless of whether or not they apply for the scholarship.

For more information on the WYCUP scholarship program, download the WYCUP nomination criteria or visit

Learn more about the World Credit Union Conference at 

World Council of Credit Unions is the global trade association and development platform 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, 89,026 credit unions in 117 countries serve 260 million people. Learn more about World Council's impact around the world at

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