Excellence in Lending Awards


The purpose of the Excellence in Lending Awards is to identify, recognize and share examples of lending excellence within the credit union movement. The award recognizes credit unions for their ability to serve their members while sustaining sound financial performance. Credit unions demonstrating an ability to reach their members’ needs by innovative means are excellent candidates for this award.

The Excellence in Lending Awards were created by CUNA Mutual Group and the CUNA Lending Council in 2000. They recognize credit unions that generate outstanding lending results through stable, sustainable operations.

Award Categories

Credit unions who meet award criteria are eligible for one of six Excellence in Lending Awards:

Business Lending

  • Assets under $1 billion
  • Assets $1 billion or greater

Consumer Lending

  • Assets under $500M
  • Assets $500M or greater

Mortgage Lending

  • Assets under $500M
  • Assets $500M or greater


All CUNA affiliated credit unions in the United States are eligible.

New Selection Process and Criteria!

Everyone is entered and everyone is considered. Your numbers will determine the winners – no need to submit an entry. A panel of CUNA Lending Council Executive Committee members will select the top performers in Business, Consumer and Mortgage Lending using an analysis created by 2020 Analytics which will take into consideration data on Production, Asset Size, ROA, Charge-off Rates.

Winner Recognition

Winners of the award will be announced at the CUNA Lending Council Annual Conference. Recipients will receive recognition in credit union publications, the CUNA Lending Council website, and at the CUNA Lending Council’s annual conference. The award will pay tuition for one representative to attend the annual conference.


If you have questions about the award, please contact CUNA Councils at 800-356-9655, ext. 4018 or awards@cuna.coop.


Updated 7/28/2020