Apply for the WYCUP Scholarship to attend the 2016 World Credit Union Conference in Ireland

World Council members encouraged to nominate outstanding young professionals

(February 2, 2015) — World Council leaders presented awards to the 2014 WYCUP winners. Pictured above (from left): Brian McCrory, World Council director; Oleg Vakhrushev (Russia); Brian Branch, World Council president/CEO; Emma Avery (Australia); Carlos Gustavo Alves Ferreira (Brazil); Robin Blythe (Canada); Paul Norgrove (United Kingdom); and Grzegorz Bierecki, World Council chair. 

MADISON, Wis. — World Council of Credit Unions is accepting 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. The deadline for WYCUP scholarship applications is June 1, 2015. The scholarship awards and the WYCUP program for young professionals will take place at the 2015 World Credit Union Conference in Denver, Colorado, USA, July 12–15, 2015, in collaboration with the U.S. Credit Union National Association.

“Turn your young employees into your credit union’s ambassadors by nominating them for a WYCUP scholarship,” said Brian Branch, World Council president and CEO. “An investment in young staff’s professional development—with a global focus—helps strengthen their commitment to credit unions and ability to attract their peers as members worldwide.”

To be eligible for the scholarship, nominees must:

  • Be 35 years of age or younger as of January 1, 2015.
  • 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 2015 World Credit Union Conference. World 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 2016 World Credit Union Conference in Ireland. In addition, conference registrants age 35 and younger qualify for a discounted registration fee and can participate in the WYCUP events in Denver, regardless of whether or not they apply for the scholarship.

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

Learn more about the 2015 World Credit Union Conference at

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, 57,000 credit unions in 103 countries serve 208 million people. Learn more about World Council’s impact around the world at

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