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Awards & Scholarships

Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Awards Program 

The is award honors credit unions for their involvement in community projects and activities. It is sponsored by the Virginia Credit Union League and the Credit Union National Association (CUNA).

The competition is named after Dora Maxwell, a credit union pioneer, who worked with several organizations to improve the living standards of the poor and needy.

Louise Herring Credit Union Philosophy in Action Program

The competition honors credit unions for their practical application of the “People-Helping-People” philosophy that is the hallmark of the credit union movement. It is sponsored by the Virginia Credit Union League and the Credit Union National Association (CUNA).

The competition is named after Louise McCarren Herring, a credit union pioneer, who believed that the operational application of credit union philosophy helped better people's lives.

Desjardins Youth and Adult Financial Education Awards

The Desjardins Youth Award, honors credit unions for their commitment to teaching personal finance basics to young people. The Desjardins Adult Award, honors credit unions for their commitment to teaching personal finance basics in local communities. Both are sponsored by the Virginia Credit Union League and the Credit Union National Association (CUNA). 

The awards are named in honor of Alphonse Desjardins, the founder of the North American credit union movement, who established the first “caisse populaire” (people’s bank) in Quebec in 1900, and helped establish the first American credit union in New Hampshire in 1909. Desjardins was an ardent believer in the value of teaching individuals to save, and he promoted the idea of in-school savings programs (caisses scolaires).

NYIB Scholarships

The National Youth Involvement Board (NYIB) provides scholarships for deserving credit union professionals, aiding the volunteer network’s objective to promote leadership development related to youth services and financial education. 

Download your 2014-2015 Awards Entry Packet here! Deadline is Monday, July 28, 2014.

This includes award entries for Desjardins Youth and Adult, Dora Maxwell, and Louise Herring award programs!