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World Council Young Credit Union People (WYCUP)

Scholarship materials:
WYCUP criteria
Nomination criteria

2015 WYCUP nomination form
Nomination form

Thanks to our generous sponsors:

CUNA Mutual Group

Servus Credit Union

Join young professionals from around the globe in the WYCUP program—an annual scholarship and event designed to promote and engage the next generation of credit union leaders in the international credit union movement.

Win a Scholarship

The scholarship is awarded to five outstanding nominees who are 35 or younger, have made significant contributions to their credit union system and have the potential to make a global credit union impact.

The 2016 WYCUP scholarship will be awarded at the World Credit Union Conference in Belfast, Ireland, July 17–20, for an all-expense-paid attendance at the 2017 World Credit Union Conference.

What does it take to win? Learn from past scholarship winners.

Scholarship deadline is 11:59 p.m. CST on Monday, May 23, 2016.

Participate in Events

The WYCUP program in Belfast next July provides international networking and educational events for young credit union leaders at the World Credit Union Conference. Conference registrants age 35 and younger qualify for a $100 discount of the registration fee, and can participate in the WYCUP events at no extra cost!—regardless of their application for scholarship.

Learn about this year's events from the 2015 WYCUP program schedule.

Join the WYCUP Alumni Network

The new WYCUP Alumni Network offers professional and leadership development opportunities with a global focus. The network officially launched on July 14 in Denver, USA, where WYCUPers from over 30 countries came to celebrate WYCUP's first alumni reunion and our 15-year anniversary! Learn more here.

Stay Connected

World Cooperative Young Leaders LinkedIn Group
WYCUP Alumni Facebook Group


Meet past scholarship winners
Photos: 2015 Denver | 2014 Australia | 2013 Canada | 2012 Poland | 2011 Scotland
Read on International Lessons for Young Adult Membership Growth.
Learn about credit unions and millennials on the weCU2 blog.

Questions? Contact William Harris at +1-608-395-2050 or

Learn more

Check out our remixed video of unique scholarship nomination submissions. WYCUP has been gathering talented young professionals all over the world for over 15 years!


2016 WYCUP Program in Belfast

A tight-knit group of young credit union leaders from over 50 countries met in 2014 in Australia to participate in the WYCUP program

Deadline for registration: May 23, 2016

Are you a young credit union professional or volunteer under 35 years of age attending the 2016 World Credit Union Conference in Belfast?

Before the conference begins, we invite you to be part of a series of activities, at no extra cost and designed for the young crowd! Share your own experience with young credit union leaders from all over the world and learn about the phenomenal work they do. At the end of the conference, five individuals will be awarded an all-expenses-paid scholarship to attend the 2017 World Credit Union Conference.

2015 WYCUP Program Schedule in Denver, USA

Download the PDF of the WYCUP agenda in Denver
Download Paul Smith's presentation

WYCUP Winners Presentations
Morris Presentation

WYCUP program participants heard from Paul Smith, bestselling author of Lead with a Story: A Guide to Crafting Business Narratives That Captivate, Convince, and Inspire, a book about storytelling as a leadership tool that has been published in six languages around the world. As a leadership trainer for international companies such as Hewlett Packard, Ford Motor Company and Procter & Gamble, Smith taught us how to use storytelling as a tool to communicate and persuade in the workplace.

Young professionals also heard from Grzegorz Bierecki, World Council Chairman and former Solidarity activist, who was jailed for his political activity under Communist rule in Poland. Bierecki has played a key role in the rebirth of Poland's credit unions which in the course of 15 years became the largest non-bank financial network in the country. Bierecki has led Poland's credit union system as president of NACSCU since 1992.


Join the NEW WYCUP Alumni Network!

WYCUP participation by country
See WYCUP participation by country from 2001–2015.

We are very excited to announce the formation of the WYCUP alumni network that will offer professional and leadership development opportunities with a global focus. WYCUP alumni, this is your chance to stay involved in the international movement and engage with your peers all over the world.

The WYCUP network officially launched this July in Denver, USA, where WYCUP alumni from over 30 countries came to celebrate WYCUP's 15-year anniversary and the first alumni reunion.

WYCUP Alumni Network Working Group

A working group composed of prominent alumni are leading the network in 2015:

  • Robin Blythe, Account Manager, Libro Credit Union, Canada (2014 winner)
  • Caroline Domanski, CEO, No1 CopperPot Credit Union, United Kingdom (2013 winner)
  • Christopher Morris, Director of Communications, National Credit Union Foundation, USA (2013 winner)
  • Dorwin Manzano, Programme Coordinator and Facilitator, Caribbean Development Education, Trinidad and Tobago (2004 winner)
  • Emma Avery, Internal Communications Specialist, Greater Building Society, Australia (2014 winner)
  • Ben Janzen, Stewardship in Action Advisor, Mennonite Savings Credit Union, Canada (2013 winner)

Read Read more about the WYCUP Alumni Network here.

Connect with alumni on the WYCUP Alumni Facebook Group!

Alumni Spotlight

Get to know some of the WYCUP alumni and learn about the phenomenal work they do in their country:

Thanks to our generous sponsors:

Servus Credit Union
Robin Blythe
Account Manager, Libro Credit Union
Ontario, Canada

Christopher Morris
Director of Communications, National Credit Union Foundation, Madison, Wisconsin, USA

Brian Aalbers
Branch Manager, Libro Financial Group
London, Ontario, Canada
Miriam de Dios
CEO, Coopera
Des Moines, Iowa, USA


Meet the 2015 WYCUP Nominees

Five scholarships are offered to outstanding young professionals who have made significant contributions to their credit union system and have the potential to make a global impact. The 2015 WYCUP scholarships will be awarded on July 15 in Denver, USA, for an all-expenses-paid participation in the 2016 World Credit Union Conference in Belfast.

The 2015 WYCUP nominees are:

  • Australia:
Ryan Holman
Product & Research Manager
Beyond Bank Australia
  • Brazil:
Henrique D'Azevedo Canal
Credit Products Specialist
Banco Cooperativo Sicredi S.A.
Bruno de Almeida Scheibler
Cost & Efficiency Analyst
Confederação Sicredi
Tony Robert de Carvalho
Business Advisor
Sicredi Univales 
Alexandre de Oliveira
Human Resources Specialist
Banco Cooperativo Sicredi S.A

Valmir Dias Miranda
Business Advisor
Sicredi Norte MT/PA

José Façanha da Costa Filho
Administrative Assistant
Sicredi Vale do Jaguari

Leandro Hendges
Products and Services Manager
Sicredi Vale do Piquiri ABCD PR/SP

Marcelo Nogueira
Branch Manager
Sicredi Union PR/SP

Tatiane Stefanello

Administrative Assistant
  • Canada:
Loni Herlidan
Financial Advisor
Servus Credit Union

Jae Kim
Branch Manager
Servus Credit Union

Jordan Moat
Branch Manager
Libro Credit Union
  • Costa Rica:
Mariana Jiménez Rodríguez
Credit Analyst

Elmer Mora Fernández
Compliance Officer
  • Ireland:
Dean Alford
Board of Directors Youth Committee Chair
Clondalkin Credit Union

Clive Davis
Portlaoise Credit Union Ltd.
  • Jamaica:
Tanya Brown
Business Relationship Officer
Jamaica Co-operative Credit Union League Limited
  • Kenya:
Linda Karimi
Corporate Affairs Executive
Kenya Union of Savings & Credit Co-operatives Ltd.

Andrew Koech
Board of Director
Kenya Police Sacco Society Limited
  • Poland:
Janusz Tomala
Branch Manager
Stefczyk Credit Union
  • Trinidad & Tobago:
Tenesia Stafford
Administrative Officer Marketing
COPOS Credit Union Co-operative Society Limited
  • USA:

    Monica Belz
    Vice President Marketing
    Kauai Community Federal Credit Union
John Brisini
Supervisory Committee Member
CPM Federal Credit Union

Sarah Dale Harmon
AVP Marketing
Members Exchange Credit Union

David Hinchey
Director of Community Impact
Credit Union League of Connecticut

LeDetri Jenkins
Assistant Vice President, Marketing/Business Development
Houston Police Federal Credit Union

Brandon Kuehl
Manager Product Development
The Members Group

Erin O'Hern
Director of League Compliance Services
PolicyWorks LLC

Susannah Scadlock
Branch Manager, AYIN President
First Credit Union

Jamee Sherwin

Consumer Loan Support
Heritage Family Federal Credit Union

Stephanie Sievers
Chief Executive Officer
ANECA Federal Credit Union

Corey Skadburg
Senior Credit & Risk Manager
TMG Financial Services

Mitzi Smith
Community Development Officer
Maps Credit Union

Lisa Totaro
Marketing Manager
Sunmark Federal Credit Union

Napoleon Wallace
Special Assistant to the CEO
Self-Help Credit Union

Polina Yakusheva

VP Marketing & Business Development
Fitzsimons Credit Union


Congratulations to the winners of the 2015 WYCUP scholarship!

The following outstanding young professionals were awarded by an international committee an all-expense-paid
attendance of the 2016 World Credit Union Conference in Ireland.

Henrique D'Azevedo Canal, Credit Product Specialist, SICREDI, Brazil

"I can definitely say that [WYCUP] was the most amazing experience I had since I started my carreer. I met so many amazing people and we are still in touch."

Watch Henrique's video

Stephanie Sievers, Chief Executive Officer, ANECA Federal Credit Union, USA

"We try not to think always: so, what's the return? Because the members are the return. Getting members involved, having members enjoy coming into the credit union — that's our return."

Watch Stephanie's video

Tanya Brown, Business Relationship Officer, Jamaica Cooperative Credit Union League, Jamaica

"Eternally grateful to have been apart of such an amazing group of young people sharing common interest and having similar passion for the Credit Union Movement. I have learnt so much and made so many awesome friends."

Watch Tanya's video

Jae Kim, Branch Manager, Servus Credit Union, Canada

"What an amazing experience! I'm looking forward to Belfast in 2016. I would love to get more involved with WYCUP and look forward to contributing for the upcoming conference."

Watch Jae's video

Lisa Totaro, Marketing Manager, Sunmark Federal Credit Union, USA

"I have a passion for helping young professionals grow and develop. I've had the privilege to be involved in those efforts in NY & the US, and am looking forward to meeting so many YPs from around the world!"

Watch Lisa's video

Leandro Hendges, Products and Services Manager - Loans, SICREDI, Brazil

"I'm really excited to join [WYCUP] in Denver... Hope to learn a lot with you...!!! Here's my video, that tells a little about the work we're doing here with young people... hope you like it!!!"

Watch Leandro's video

Previous Recipients of the WYCUP Scholarship



  • Caroline Domanski, Deputy CEO, No1 CopperPot Credit Union, United Kingdom
  • Benjamin Janzen, Stewardship in Action Advisor, Mennonite Savings and Credit Union, Canada
  • Christopher Morris, Director of Communications, National Credit Union Foundation, USA
  • Eber Ostemberg, Social Programs Adviser, Sicredi Noroeste MT, Brazil
  • Jenn Vandehaar, Vice President Operations, Healthcare & Municipal Employees' Credit Union, Canada


  • Brian Aalbers, Canada
  • Wesley Diniz Alves, Brazil
  • Maire Doyle, Ireland
  • Miriam De Dios, United States
  • Edyta Grzybowska, Poland


  • Yola Charles, Trinidad & Tobago
  • Michelle Coelho, Australia
  • Marcy Lovberg, Canada
  • Edel McKenna, Ireland
  • Tracia Pounder, Barbados


  • Scott Daukas, United States
  • Carol Karugu, Kenya
  • Melia Keller,United States
  • Orla O'Shea, Ireland
  • Cas Scott, Australia


  • Julie Ferguson, Ireland
  • Ross Lanbrick, Australia
  • Carolyne Luvembe, Kenya
  • Jeff Rout, Canada
  • Amy Stanton, United States


  • Joe Agro, Canada
  • Anna Corona, United States
  • Nicholas May, Australia
  • Rachel Milan, Canada
  • Rafal Sokolowski, Poland


  • Elizabeth V. Randall, United States
  • Izabela Rutkowska, Poland
  • Ryan Visscher, Canada
  • Stacey Walker, United States
  • Eleonora Zgonjanin Petrovik, Macedonia


  • Tom Atkins, Canada
  • Alison Carr, United States
  • Anne-Marie Coffey, Ireland
  • Darcy Mykytyshyn, Canada
  • Shoba Gunasekaran, Singapore


  • Sherri Fogwill, Canada
  • Tina Hall, United States
  • Karla Herrera, Guatemala
  • Michael Mack, Australia
  • Sandra Phillips, Canada


  • Glenn Bolger, Canada
  • Catherine Coffey, Ireland
  • Hillary Jalafi, Malawi
  • Dorwin Manzano, Trinidad
  • Irwing Pinares-Silva, Peru


  • Justine Conley, Australia
  • Jeanne Kim, United States
  • Jan Knowles, Bahamas
  • Malcolm Stoffman, Canada
  • Katarzyna Uniwersal, Poland


  • Rod Ashley, United Kingdom
  • John Klassen, Canada
  • Skott Pope, United States
  • Maurice Wright, Jamaica
  • Amy Penick, United States


  • Mary Baxter, United States
  • Grzegorz Buckowski, Poland
  • Bradford Caldwell, United States
  • Lana Catalano, Canada
  • Andrew Leys, New Zealand

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