WYCUP is designed to foster professional growth of talented credit union professionals and volunteers age 35 and younger. Each year five outstanding participants are chosen for all-expense-paid scholarships to the following year's program. Enrollment for the 2012 WYCUP program, to be held in conjunction with the World Credit Union Conference, July 15-18 in Gdańsk, Poland, ends June 1.
"One of the true signs of any profession is the willingness of its practitioners to educate the next generation of leadership," said Brian Branch, president and CEO of World Council. "The WYCUP program does that, assuring that credit unions worldwide will thrive to serve future generations of members."
The agenda for this year's WYCUP program, which runs parallel to the conference, stresses a mix of conference general sessions, education and networking opportunities specifically designed for younger professionals. Events include:
The WYCUP program seeks individuals who have already made significant
contributions to the development of their own credit unions or
regional/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 World Council
members are encouraged to nominate young leaders to compete for a WYCUP
To be eligible for the scholarship, nominees must: 1) be sponsored by
their credit union or credit union organization to attend this year's
World Credit Union Conference in Gdańsk; 2) be 35 years of age or under
as of Jan. 1, 2012; and 3) submit a completed nomination form to World
Council with all the necessary supporting materials by June 1.
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 more than 290 technical assistance programs in 71 countries. Worldwide, 56,000 credit unions in 101 countries serve 200 million people. Learn more about World Council's impact around the world at www.woccu.org.