DCUC announces 2023 GEM Scholarship recipients

WASHINGTON, DC (March 8, 2023) — The Defense Credit Union Council (DCUC) announced the George E. Myers (GEM) Scholarship winners during its 2023 Defense Matters on February 26, 2023, at the Marriott Marquis in Washington, D.C.

This year’s scholarship recipients are Valjon Lyons, Coast Guard Employees Credit Union; Lindsey Blazek, Fort Sill Federal Credit Union; Camille Weston, R-G Federal Credit Union; and David Riley, AltaOne Federal Credit Union.

The Fund’s purpose is to provide scholarships for volunteers, management, and/or staff of DCUC member credit unions so they can further their professional credit union education, knowledge, and leadership skills. Through the scholarships, members are provided an opportunity to partake in educational forums and classes (either at the State or National level) at virtually little or no cost to their credit union.

“A credit union’s employees, leadership, and volunteers are the foundation of its success. DCUC is proud to be able to support these opportunities to grow their knowledge and skillsets so that they can better serve their members,” said Anthony Hernandez, DCUC president/CEO.

DCUC established the George E. Myers Scholarship Fund in 1996 in honor of COL George E. Myers, USA (Ret.). Colonel Myers was an Executive Secretary of the Council from 1973 to 1986 and again from 1989 and 1990. Colonel Myers was also inducted into DCUC’s Hall of Honor in August of 2000.

Since 1997, DCUC has awarded 69 scholarships totaling over $204,000. The proceeds from DCUC’s Official White House Christmas Ornament Fundraiser each year is the sole funding for the George E. Myers Scholarship. Please consider supporting the Fund by purchasing ornaments each year. Ornament sales run from August to December each year.

About Defense Credit Union Council (DCUC)

The Defense Credit Union Council is the premier resource for credit unions on all military and veteran matters. By maintaining a close and constant liaison with the Pentagon, Capitol Hill, and NCUA, the Council champions the interests of credit unions serving our military and veteran communities by coordinating policy, procedures, and legislation impacting morale and welfare, financial readiness, and the delivery of quality financial products and services. Organized in 1963, the Council’s membership is comprised of 180 credit unions with over 35 million members. If you would like more information about this topic, please contact DCUC at


Haleigh Laverty



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