World Council Seeks Young CU Leaders for International Scholarship Program

World Council members encouraged to nominate outstanding young professionals for WYCUP scholarship

February 06, 2013

2012 WYCUP winners
World Council Chair Manuel Rabines (far left); World Council President and CEO Brian Branch (second from right); and World Council Director and Awards Committee Chair Ron Hance (far right) presented the 2012 WYCUP scholarships in Gdańsk, Poland, to recipents (second from left) Miriam De Dios, USA; Edyta Grzybowska, Poland; Brian Aalbers, Canada; Wesley Diniz Alves, Brazil; and Máire Doyle, Ireland.

MADISON, Wis. — World Council of Credit Unions is calling for nominations to World Council's Young Credit Union People (WYCUP) scholarship program, an international networking and educational opportunity for promising credit union leaders. The nomination deadline is June 3, 2013. The program and awards ceremony will take place at the 2013 World Credit Union Conference in Ottawa, Canada, July 14–17, 2013.

The WYCUP program seeks individuals who have made significant contributions to their own credit union organizations and have the potential to make a global credit union impact. Credit unions and credit union organizations affiliated with World Council are encouraged to nominate young leaders to compete for the WYCUP scholarship.

"Outstanding young leaders are critical to the future success of the international credit union movement," said Brian Branch, World Council president and CEO. "WYCUP is an excellent opportunity to broaden the horizons and expand the depth of industry knowledge among this group of credit union professionals."

To be eligible for the scholarship, nominees must: 1) be sponsored by their credit union or credit union organization to attend the 2013 World Credit Union Conference in Ottawa, Canada, in July; 2) be 35 years of age or younger as of Jan. 1, 2013; and 3) submit a completed nomination form to World Council with all the necessary supporting materials by June 3.

WYCUP scholarships will be awarded to five recipients at the World Credit Union Conference in Ottawa for an all-expense-paid trip to the 2014 World Credit Union Conference in Australia. World Council will recognize all WYCUP nominees in Ottawa, where they are invited to take part in events and networking sessions organized specifically for young leaders. Conference registrants age 35 and younger 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, visit For questions, contact Lili Tangwall at or +1-608-395-2043.

Visit to learn more about the 2013 World Credit Union Conference and to register for the event.

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

Organization: World Council of Credit Unions
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