FORT WORTH, Texas (7/24/15)--During graduation ceremonies July 22, the Southwest CUNA Management School graduating Class of 2015 presented a check to the Cornerstone Credit Union Foundation totaling $90,649.55 to fund future scholarships.
The donation was made to ensure the program’s continued success in its development of the current and future leaders of the credit union movement, as well as providing access to SCMS for all credit union professionals interested in a future in credit union management.
During its graduation ceremonies on the campus of Texas Christian University, Class President Sean Cahill, president/CEO of Southwest 66 Odessa, Texas, announced the creation of the Pay It Forward Scholarship with the foundation. The scholarship was developed by the class of 2015 during its first year in the three-year program.
“The Class of 2015 is an amazing group of leaders who wanted to leave behind a legacy for Southwest CUNA Management School,” said Cahill. “From day one, [SCMS Director] Janine McBee and John Vardallas [senior faculty strategist and project evaluator] instilled in us the desire to leave something behind that no one had done before. We saw an opportunity to do so with the scholarship fund.”
McBee, Cornerstone Credit Union League senior director of training and events, said of the contribution: “When it comes to leaving a legacy, the SCMS Class of 2015's Pay It Forward Scholarship will be felt for years to come. I am both humbled and amazed by their collective passion and commitment to investing in the future of those who follow in their footsteps and the credit union movement.”