Each year the Global Women's Leadership Network awards scholarships to help advance emerging credit union leaders. Scholarship winners not only receive complimentary access to the Network and participation in the 2015 World Credit Union Conference (WCUC) and the Network Forum, but also become eligible to receive an Empowerment Grant.
Each scholarship winner is asked to design a concept proposal that increases access to credit, loans, savings, and leadership opportunities for women in their communities. World Council staff evaluates the project's strength, financial needs, opportunity for Network membership engagement and potential impact on the local community. Selected scholarship winners will then present their project proposals at the 2015 WCUC for Network members to vote on.
In addition to receiving funds, recipients of the Empowerment Grant receive technical support, as well as expertise and guidance from their Global Women Network peers worldwide.
To apply for a 2015 Empowerment Grant you must complete the two part scholarship and empowerment grant application (English/Spanish). Please read the 2015 Scholarship and Empowerment Guidelines (English/Spanish) for further information. Applications are due on April 3, 2015.
2014 Empowerment Grant Recipients
The Global Women's Leadership Network is pleased to announce Elenita San Roque, CEO of the Association of Asian Confederation of Credit Unions (Thailand) and Kristi Lozano, Financial Education Specialist at San Mateo Credit Union (USA) as winners of the 2014 "Empowerment Grant" that will be used to improve the financial status of women in their communities. In addition to a financial award, each of these women will receive technical support, expertise and guidance from their Global Women Network peers worldwide.
San Roque will work with the Paglaum Multi-Purpose Cooperative in the Philippines to establish a Business Development Center that will play a crucial role in advancing women members' entrepreneurial and leadership skills as well as access to markets and information for micro and small enterprise developments (MSEs). Lozano's project aims to increase the financial and leadership skills of female high school credit union members and assist in their preparation to matriculate into a college or university.
Each of the scholars was asked to design a concept (see below) that would increase access to credit, loans, savings, and leadership opportunities for women in their communities. Network members voted on the proposals and World Council staff evaluated the potential projects on several criteria relating to the strength of the project, the financial needs of the project, opportunity for Network membership involvement and potential value to the community.
San Roque and Lozano will provide quarterly reports to the Network and include regular updates on how Global Women mebers may get involved with their projects directly. For additional questions about the projects, please contact Network Director Calyn Ostrowski at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2014 Empowerment Grant Proposals
The project proposals and presentations from each of the 2014 finalists can be found below.