MADISON, Wis. (9/3/15)--There's a new twist to Crash the GAC applications this year. A written essay requirement has been scrapped and applicants are being asked to send a 60-second video about themselves instead.
Crash the GAC is a program by The Cooperative Trust, in partnership with CUNA, that provides scholarships for up-and-coming credit union professionals to attend CUNA’s Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC) in Washington, D.C.
The application period just opened and it ends Oct. 13.
Crash the GAC will sponsor one credit union professional under age 35 from each state and the District of Columbia, plus one wild card attendee. Crashers can take part in keynote and breakout sessions, visit congressional leaders in Hike the Hill advocacy events and network with more than 4,000 credit union leaders attending the GAC, which will be held Feb. 21-25.
“The Cooperative Trust Crash events give young adults the opportunity to experience the power of the credit union movement in a dynamic, eye-opening environment,” said James Marshall, manager of The Cooperative Trust, a grassroots community of young people who work in credit unions and cooperatives.
“Selected participants for the Crash the GAC 2016 will return to their credit unions full of ideas, new industry connections and the motivation to create positive change."
“This initiative demonstrates CUNA’s commitment to creating opportunities for emerging talent in the credit union movement,” said Jim Nussle, CUNA president/ CEO. “Crash the CUNA GAC gives promising young individuals a unique opportunity to learn about key issues and meet major players, and allows us to form connections with the future leaders of our industry.”
CUNA provides each crasher with a full conference registration. All other costs are the responsibility of the attendees and their credit unions. Some assistance may be provided by state leagues or associations.