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Congratulations, CUNA Management School scholarship winners!

by Christine Henzig, Director of Communications Apr 04, 2018

Two individuals will attend CUNA Management School—the credit union Movement's premier management training program—with scholarship assistance from the Wisconsin Credit Union Foundation. The program offers college-level credits. 

Cassie Thom:

Cassie Thom
  • Serves as Director of Operations for St. Mary's & Affiliates Credit Union in Madison. She recently applied a prior Foundation scholarship to complete her second of three sessions of CUNA Management School. She says the previous year's session helped her learn her credit union's history and set goals for herself as a leader and for the credit union. This latest scholarship will help her complete the third year's session, which will guide her vision for the credit union's strategic plan.
  • Became a Certified Credit Union Financial Counselor (CCUFC) and worked with other CCUFCs internally to launch a financial counseling program at her credit union. The program is helping members, many of whom are developing first-time budgets and others who need help to improve their financial position. The team is also offering financial seminars in the community. New financial "Lunch & Learns"  begun this year are sharing tips on budgeting.
  • Served as President of the South Central Chapter of Credit Unions, which holds an annual WCULAF auction and Bowl-a-Thon for the local children's hospital.
  • Volunteers for car shows, concerts and other events held by the Jefferson Chamber of Commerce 
  • Participates in community fundraisers including bake sales, cookouts and raffles.

Sara Cardinal

    Sara Cardinal
  • ​Serves as Member Relations Processing Supervisor for Premier Financial Credit Union in New Holstein. She says CUNA Management School will help her build on her background in economics to learn more accounting, compliance and other issues that can inform her career path within her credit union.
  • Leads the credit union's internal Young Professionals group - which promotes leadership, team building and problem solving - and is an active participant in The League's YP Network.
  • Serves as treasurer on the board of directors for the Mid-Shores Home Builders Association, which is currently working with high school students to showcase projects at local events and raising funds for their schools.
  • Volunteers for the credit union's community events, including parades, Easter egg hunts, aquatic night and concerts in the park. 

CUNA Management School

  • Convenes participants for three consecutive summer study sessions
  • Involves a rigorous blend of university classes and experiential learning activities
  • Has prepared close to 5,000 students for executive-level responsibilities
  • Is the credit union movement's longest-running high-level education program 

The Foundation scholarship

  • Is available to staff, members and volunteers of Wisconsin League-affiliated credit unions with a preference to those with $50 million or below in assets.
  • Requires applicants to be actively involved in credit union activities, such as chapter meetings, committee work, credit union Activism, etc.
  • The application cycle opens each year in March and runs through the end of April. The Foundation also offers Professional Development Scholarships which can be applied for CUNA Management School; that application period begins mid-September.

Questions? Contact Mary Bliss at (262) 408-6002.