Richmond Heritage FCU's Randy Cooper, League Recognized in General Assembly for Scholarship Supporting African-American Credit Union Leaders
TruEnergy Federal Credit Union's Amber Mooney and Em'mia Hughes represented TruEnergy CEO Lynette Smith at the Virginia General session Feb. 18. They were joined by Randy Cooper (Richmond Heritage Federal Credit Union), recipient of the inaugural Lynette Smith Scholarship from the Virginia Credit Union League, and Rick Pillow (Virginia Credit Union League).
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Members of the Virginia House of Delegates honored the African-American Credit Union Coalition (AACUC) and the Virginia Credit Union League Feb. 18 for partnering on the Lynette Smith Scholarship that benefits a Virginia-based African-American credit union professional or official.
Last year, Richmond Heritage Federal Credit Union CEO Randy Cooper was the recipient of the inaugural Virginia Credit Union League Lynette Smith Scholarship, which allows the recipient to attend the African-American Credit Union Coalition’s Annual Conference at no charge.
The scholarship was established in honor of TruEnergy Federal Credit Union President/CEO Lynette Smith, a tireless credit union advocate and a champion for the credit union movement at both the state and national levels. She is a past chairwoman of the AACUC.
“We’re proud to support the mission and the good work of the African-American Credit Union Coalition. Through the Lynette Smith Scholarship, we’re helping a dedicated credit union professional or official pursue education, training and networking opportunities that will help them grow as a leader for their credit union and for the movement,” said Virginia Credit Union League President Rick Pillow.
“We also salute the hard work of our 2019 scholarship recipient Randy Cooper, who is a passionate believer in credit unions’ ‘People Helping People’ philosophy,” said Pillow. “He and the Richmond Heritage staff are committed to creating financial opportunity and fostering financial stability for their members. They also carry on a proud tradition of service to the community.”
The Virginia Credit Union League funds the Lynette Smith Scholarship annually, with the AACUC soliciting applications for the scholarship and selecting the scholarship recipient.
About the Virginia Credit Union League
The Virginia Credit Union League is the statewide trade association representing the 122 member-owned, not-for-profit credit unions headquartered in the Commonwealth. VACUL deploys its resources to address credit unions’ needs in the areas of advocacy, compliance and professional development.
About the African-American Credit Union Coalition
The AACUC was created to increase the strength of the global credit union community. AACUC is a non-profit organization of African-American professionals and volunteers in the credit union industry.
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