GWLN 2022 scholarship nominations open on International Women’s Day

Global Women’s Leadership Network celebrates #BreakTheBias

MIDDLETOWN, PA (March 8, 2022) — Worldwide Foundation for Credit Unions’ Global Women’s Leadership Network (GWLN) is calling on the worldwide credit union movement to advocate that “we can all choose to celebrate women’s achievements and break the bias” on International Women’s Day by encouraging industry women to apply for the 2022 GWLN Scholarship.

New this year, GWLN is adding an empowerment grant award as a part of the 2022 scholarship application process. In addition to completing the traditional application, nominees must also submit an empowerment grant proposal for a one-year project they would want to implement in their credit union.

Along with receiving a complimentary one-year membership to the Global Women’s Leadership Network and complimentary registration to the 2022 World Credit Union Conference (WCUC), to be held July 17-20 in Glasgow, Scotland, scholarship recipients will also present their Empowerment Grant Project to attendees of the GWLN Forum at WCUC 2022. The attendees will then vote on which scholars will receive support for the implementation of their project.

Scholarship winners are also required to:

  • attend all GWLN-specific events during the 2022 World Credit Union Conference.
  • attend the 2022 Sister Society strategy session.
  • attend 2022 scholarship recipient virtual meetings.
  • provide updates showcasing their progress and the growth of their credit union and communities.

GWLN Scholarship applications are due April 15, 2022.

“We’re very excited to see the innovation and creativity from our applicants in their submissions. Empowerment grants were first offered in 2014 and past projects included the creation of business development centers in financial cooperatives to help female entrepreneurs, the development of a series of financial fitness workshops for young females as they get ready for college, and the design and implementation of a communication strategy to reach financially excluded youth and women. It’s through the support of our industry champions that GWLN continues its work to empower women in our industry, advance women in leadership roles and make that measurable difference in their communities, credit unions and for themselves,” said Lena Giakoumopoulos, GWLN Program Director.

Since 2009, Global Women’s Leadership Network has awarded 70 scholarships to women from 25 countries. Scholarships are made possible through funding from annual membership donations and industry partner sponsorships, including the generous support of Co-op SolutionsCUNA Mutual Group, CU Direct, Kinecta Federal Credit UnionPSCU and the Susan Adams Scholarship Fund, established in honor of former Entrust Financial Credit Union CEO Susan Adams and supported by One AZ Credit Union.

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 90 countries. Worldwide, 86,451 credit unions in 118 countries serve 375 million people. Learn more about World Council’s impact around the world at

About Global Women’s Leadership Network

GWLN aims to provide women with the opportunity and resources to make a measurable difference In the lives of each other, In the lives of credit union members and In their communities. With a Sister Society presence in 86 countries, The Kansas-Missouri Sister Society joins a group of 4,500 individuals from all walks of life, expertise and professional standing.


Susan Dyer

Vice President of Engagement

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