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Scholarship programs

CUNA Marketing & Business Development Council scholarship programs

Each year, CUNA Marketing & Business Development Council offers scholarships to eligible credit union staff. The Scholarship Committee will award recipients based on specific scholarship criteria.

Scholarships can be applied to the following programs:

Application deadline: July 27, 2023

Take advantage of this opportunity to participate with your peers from around the country. Scholarship recipients will be reimbursed up to $2,500 for conference registration, hotel and airfare expenses. Any fees or expenses that exceed the awarded amount are the responsibility of the recipient and/or their credit union. Scholarship recipients for the conference must stay at the hotel in which the conference takes place.

To be considered:

  • You must be a current member of the CUNA Marketing & Business Development Council. If you are not a current member, part of the scholarship award will go toward the recipient's first year membership dues.
  • Be a full-time employee of an affiliated credit union who has primary responsibility for the credit union's marketing or business development function; or if working in a marketing department that includes more than one person, be a full-time marketing or business development professional.
  • Be able to demonstrate a financial need.
  • One scholarship per credit union, per year.
  • Be willing and able to take an active role in the CUNA Marketing & Business Development Council and the conference, including:
    • Recruit at least one new marketing or business development professional for membership in the Council
    • Serve on at least one CUNA Marketing & Business Development Council subcommittee
    • Help with conference registration, assist a speaker, or make a similar contribution during the annual conference

The application form must be completed and submitted online. The steps below outline exactly how to enter.

  1. Register an Account
  2. Create Your Application
  3. Upload Digital Files
  4. Submit Application

With your completed application form, submit the following:

A copy of your credit union's 2-page NCUA Financial Performance Report, including both the financial summary page and the ratio analysis. Below are the instructions to access the NCUA Financial Performance Report summary page and ratio analysis.

Go to

Enter your Credit Union Charter Number (or Name) and click "Find" and then "View."

A new window will open showing your General Credit Union Information, then on the left click "Request FPR."

A new window will open titled "Financial Performance Report," choose the option "I want to view an FPR Summary for one credit union online", then click OK.

Two reports will be available; "Financial Summary" and "Key Ratios." Please submit both reports with your scholarship entry.

A 500 (maximum)-word essay demonstrating your financial need and commitment to the marketing or business development profession. The essay must also express marketing's role in achieving the vision for your credit union and how your continuing professional development will contribute toward the achievement of this vision and fulfillment of your marketing or business development goals.

An executive summary (professional resume) detailing your work experience, education (including formal and specialized), extracurricular activities (e.g., committees, chapter, league, or community involvement), and awards (inside or outside the credit union industry).

Professional references – provide at least two letters of recommendation.

A reference letter from the applicant's CEO attesting to the need for financial aid and the qualifications of the applicant.

The Scholarship Committee will select the recipients based on reasons stated on the application form. Only one scholarship will be awarded per credit union. All decisions are final.

If you have questions about the application process, such as your login credentials, please contact us.