GWLN opens 2021 scholarship nominations on International Women’s Day

Global Women’s leadership network celebrates #ChooseToChallenge

MADISON, WI (March 8, 2021)

Global Women’s Leadership Network (GWLN) is calling on the worldwide credit union movement to advocate that “we can all choose to seek out and celebrate women’s achievements” by encouraging industry women to apply for a 2021 GWLN Scholarship beginning on International Women’s Day.

For the first time this year, the application process moves completely online to make it easier for credit union women from around the world to participate.

2021 scholarship winners will receive a complimentary one-year membership to the Global Women’s Leadership Network and complimentary registration to the 2021 World Credit Union Conference: A Virtual Event, July 14-21, 2021.

Scholarship winners are required to:

  • attend all GWLN-specific events during the 2021 World Credit Union Conference.
  • attend the 2021 Sister Society strategy session.
  • attend 2021 Scholarship winner virtual meetings.
  • provide updates showcasing their progress and growth in their credit union and communities.

Scholarship applications are due April 8, 2021.

“Through the support of our industry champions, the GWLN scholarship program continues providing opportunities for women in credit unions around the globe to challenge themselves, learn from their peers, connect and engage with one another. Each year, it is impressive to see how the number of applicants keeps increasing as women empower each other to improve themselves throughout our industry,” said Lena Giakoumopoulos, GWLN Program Director.

Since 2009, Global Women’s Leadership Network has awarded 64 scholarships to women from 24 countries. Scholarships are made possible through funding from annual membership donations and industry partner sponsorships, including the generous support of CUNA Mutual GroupCU DirectKinecta 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.

The Global Women’s Leadership Network is an initiative of Worldwide Foundation for Credit Unions, the fundraising and engagement arm of World Council. Join us on a global journey to transform a billion lives worldwide using credit unions. Visit to start your global journey and join the Bridge the Gap campaign.  

Past GWLN Scholarship winners at the 2019 WCUC in The Bahamas

About World Council of Credit Unions

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, 82,758 credit unions in 97 countries serve 404 million people. Learn more about World Council's impact around the world at


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