MADISON, Wis. (3/6/14)--The Global Women's Leadership Network, a World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU) initiative that addresses the contributions and needs of women credit union leaders worldwide, is offering scholarships to support education and networking opportunities.
The scholarship champions emerging women credit union leaders through access to a network of credit union professional expertise. The application deadline is March 28.
The scholarship will support candidates' projects that further the vision and mission of the network.
"Our objective is to advance credit union women in leadership roles throughout our global community," said Brian Branch, World Council president/CEO.
Applications should include a project description. Successful projects will focus on solving a problem or meeting a need within the applicant's credit union or community. Examples include strengthening the capacity of women leaders in the organization and expanding financial services to underserved community members.
Selected candidates will attend the 2014 Global Women's Leadership Forum and World Credit Union Conference, which will take place in Gold Coast, Australia, July 25-30. During the 2014 Leadership Forum, selected candidates will present their projects to network members, who will vote on which candidates will receive network support for the implementation of their projects. Those chosen will carry out their project from August 2014 through June 2015 and will return to the 2015 Global Women's Leadership Forum in Denver to present their project results.
To be eligible for the scholarship, applicants must be female emerging leaders in the global credit union movement, which include young professionals and leaders from a developing credit union movement. Successful candidates must demonstrate the ability to effectively implement their proposed projects and suggest appropriate engagement from the network, such as volunteers and training internships.
Scholarships are made possible through funding provided by annual network membership donations and sponsorships, such as that provided by CUNA Mutual Group, a founding level supporter of the network.