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Global Women's Leadership Network Scholarships


As part of our mission to empower women worldwide, the Global Women's Leadership Network provides annual scholarships to emerging female leaders within the credit union industry. Scholarships champion emerging leaders by providing them with a network of credit union expertise. Successful candidates are able to participate in the annual Leadership Forum and World Credit Union Conference (WCUC) to expand their professional networks and receive educational training. Additionally, scholarship recipients have the opportunity to apply for an Empowerment Grant which will allow them the funds and support to develop a project of their choice within their community.

2015 scholarship winners will attend the Global Women's Leadership Forum and the WCUC in Denver, Colorado, USA. While at the Leadership Forum, the selected candidates will have the opportunity to present their project proposals to the Network. Current Network members then cast their vote to decide which scholarship recipients will receive further support to implement their proposed projects. Winners will spend the next year developing and implementing their project and will report back to the Network at the 2016 Leadership Forum in Belfast, Ireland.

2015 Application Instructions:

Please download and read the Scholarship and Empowerment Grant Guidelines (English/Spanish) before filling out this two-part application (English/Spanish). Be sure to submit a complete application including an Empowerment Grant proposal and letter of support. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Email completed applications to CUWomen@woccu.org by midnight April 3, 2015.

2015 Timeline

April 3, 2015

Applications and references due.

April 20, 2015

Scholarship offers made to applicants.

April 27, 2015

Applicant acceptance letters due.

June 15, 2015

Scholarship winners supporting materials due.

July 12–15, 2015

Leadership Forum and World Credit Union Conference in Denver, Colorado, USA.

July 30, 2015

Empowerment Grant winners announced.

August 2015–June 30, 2016

Empowerment Grant winners implement projects.

July 2016

Empowerment Grant winners present project results at the Leadership Forum in Belfast, Ireland.


Network scholarships are made possible through funding from annual membership donations and sponsorships, including the generous support of CUNA Mutual Group (USA), The Members Group (Iowa, USA) and the Susan Adams Scholarship Fund, which was established in honor of former Entrust Financial Credit Union CEO Susan Adams supported by the Arizona State Credit Union and PSCU.

You can find more details on sponsoring the Network's Scholarship Program/Empowerment Grants on page 7 of our 2015 Sponsorship Opportunities Brochure. If you are interested in supporting the Scholarship or Empowerment Grant programs, you can donate directly via our website. If you have any questions about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Calyn Ostrowski, Executive Director of the Worldwide Foundation, at +1-608-395-2056 or costrowski@woccu.org.

Please direct all scholarship related enquires to Brianne Hurford, Communications and Development Manager at World Council, +1-608-395-2063 or bhurford@woccu.org.

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