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Global Women's Leadership Network Scholarships

The Global Women's Leadership Network provides annual scholarships to emerging women credit union leaders. Scholarships champion emerging leaders by providing them with a network of credit union expertise and supporting projects that further the vision and mission of the Network. Successful candidates participate in the annual Leadership Forum and World Credit Union Conference to expand their professional networks and receive educational training.

Interested women should submit their applications, including a project description. Successful projects will foster the success of the applicant's organization by solving a problem or meeting a credit union and/or community need. 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 (WCUC), which will take place in Gold Coast, Australia, July 25–30. While at the 2014 Leadership Forum, the selected candidates will present their projects to the Network membership. Network members will then vote on which candidates will receive Network support for the implementation of their project. 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, USA, to present their project results.


  • Applicant must be a female "emerging leader." Emerging leader can be defined as young professional or a leader from a developing credit union movement.
  • Application must propose a project that furthers the vision and mission of the Global Women's Leadership Network.
  • Applicant must demonstrate ability to effectively implement the proposed project.
  • Application must outline appropriate engagement from the Network (e.g. volunteers, training internships, etc.).
  • Application must be fully completed and submitted by the application deadline.
  • Scholarship winners must:
    • Personally attend the 2014 Leadership Forum and WCUC.
    • Present her application to the Network membership during the 2014 Leadership Forum and participate in all Network activities as outlined in award acceptance documents.
  • Project award winners must implement the project proposed in the approved application.
  • Network membership must consider the following criteria when voting for the project awards:
    • Extent to which application meets the Round 1 criteria
    • Project should work within one of our issue areas (Connect, Inspire, Empower) related to women's leadership or the impact of credit unions in the community.
    • Input from Network members to enrich proposal
    • Geographic diversity

The Selection Process for the 2014 Scholarship Award has concluded for this year. We encourage you to apply next year!


March 28, 2014

Applications and references due.

April 18, 2014

Scholarship offers made to applicants.

April 25, 2014

Applicant acceptance letters due.

June 30, 2014

Scholarship winners supporting materials due.

July 25–30, 2014

Scholarship winners present projects to Network members and participate in Leadership Forum and WCUC at Gold Coast, Australia. Network members vote on project award winners.

July 30, 2014

Project award winners announced.

August 1, 2014–June 30, 2015

Project award winners implement projects.

July 2015

Project award winners present project results and participate in Leadership Forum and WCUC at Denver, USA.

Scholarships are made possible through funding provided by annual Network membership donations and sponsorships, such as that provided by CUNA Mutual, a Founding Level Supporter of the Network.



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