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Scholarships

CUNA Lending Council scholarship programs

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

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:

  • Credit union must be affiliated with CUNA.
  • Credit union must demonstrate a financial need (see "Reasons for Request" on application form for additional information) by their credit union. Typical reasons could include lack of a travel and training budget, lack of earnings, a low capital ratio, or an extreme operational need that requires the credit union to get some help in a particular area. Please be thorough in your explanation – it might make the difference between you and your credit union being approved or declined.
  • Full-time employees from small credit unions under $250M are eligible. Credit Union of all sizes are eligible provided they can show the credit union has sufficient financial concerns.
  • Two scholarships per credit union per year.
  • One scholarship per person per year across all CUNA Councils.
  • Recipients may receive a scholarship for two consecutive years, but must then wait at least one year before re-applying. Once a recipient has received three scholarships in total, future applications will only be considered once other applicants have been evaluated for the conference/school and are not guaranteed to be approved regardless of financial situation, need, or availability of funds.

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:

What do you expect to learn from this course?

How will you apply / implement what you learn at your credit union?

Please provide a copy of your credit union’s Financial Performance Report from the NCUA site (see instructions below). 

  1. Visit the NCUA site
  2. Click Analysis and select Research a Credit Union.
  3. Search by charter number or Credit Union Name (you can use various filters to narrow search results).
  4. Once Credit Union is located, select view.
  5. From left margin, select Request FPR (located under Financial Performance Report).
  6. Select 3rd bullet “I want to view an FPR summary for one credit union online” and hit OK.
  7. Select “I want an FPR emailed to me for one credit union.”
  8. Add Recipient’s Email and select All Pages.
  9. A report will be sent to the recipient’s email.
  10. Upload the Excel report with your application.

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.