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Foundation Scholarship & Grant Opportunities, 9/15-10/31

Professional Development Scholarship

Consideration is given for at least two distinct awards, at least one to a Young Professional and another to any other eligible applicant regardless of age.

Overview

The Foundation supports the professional development and continued education of credit union professionals. Recipients of this scholarship can apply it toward a credit union system program of their choosing based on the guidelines below. Scholarships will be awarded on the basis of need, the impact of the program on the credit union and the applicant's involvement in and commitment to the credit union movement. 

Requirements

Applications will be accepted from any full-time, paid credit union employee who is dedicated to the credit union profession and actively involved in credit union activities. Consideration will be given for at least two distinct awards, at least one to a Young Professional and another to any other eligible applicant regardless of age. The Young Professional must be 35 years old or younger and a member of The Wisconsin Credit Union League's Young Professionals Network.

Funding

The Foundation will award up to $2,000 for each of the awards (the YP and other applicant) for at least $4,000 during the scholarship cycle. The total amount awarded during the scholarship cycle may be higher than this, depending on the number of applicants and available funding. The funds must be applied toward a credit union movement-affiliated program. Acceptable programs would include those sponsored by one of the following:

The recipient's credit union will be reimbursed after the program is successfully completed.

Award Recipient's Responsibilities

After completion of the program, recipients will prepare a brief summary of his or her educational experience and share it with The Foundation. The YP recipient will share the information with the Young Professionals Network.

Deadline

Applications are accepted September 15 - October 31 annually. Winners are notified by November 15. 

Contact

Josh Roberts at (608) 640-4065.



Emerging Markets Grant

The Wisconsin Credit Union Foundation supports efforts to reach underserved communities in Wisconsin that struggle to be served by traditional financial services. In 2019, the Emerging Markets grant was introduced to enable credit unions to implement programs and services to these markets.


Grant Cycle

Applications are accepted September 15 - October 31 annually. Winners are notified by November 15. Applications must be postmarked by the last day of each grant cycle to be considered for funding during that cycle. Applications received after the last day of each cycle will be held for consideration in the next grant cycle. 


Eligibility and Project Scopes

The Wisconsin Credit Union Foundation Emerging Markets Grants are available to  help credit unions with a variety of programs to support the underserved including but not limited to: 

  • Non-native English speakers
  • LGBTQ population
  • The elderly
  • Single parents
  • Amish population

Examples of potential programs include:

  • Partnering with Inclusiv or Coopera
  • Adding bilingual products/services
  • Defraying costs of partnerships with local non-profit organizations
  • Cost of technology development to reach those markets
  • Developing education opportunities for these groups

Contact

Josh Roberts at (608) 640-4065.