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The achievements of credit unions, the world-over, would not be possible without the talents, tireless dedication and commitment of individuals and organizations, which have strived to make the vision of "building a global community" a reality.

World Council is pleased to recognize and honor individuals and organizations whose efforts have made the credit union system what it is today: an international movement of "people helping people to help themselves." That self-help and self-reliance is made possible through a global cooperative community dedicated to enabling millions of people to grow by providing access to affordable financial services.

We're proud of our international credit union leaders…those of today, the past and the next generation. That's why it is our great pleasure to distinguish such outstanding individuals and organizations with esteemed recognition and achievement awards. If you or someone you know is deserving of recognition, we encourage you to submit entries and nominations.

Distinguished Service Award

World Council's Distinguished Service Award is the highest honor paid to individuals and institutions by the worldwide credit union movement. Created to recognize outstanding contributions to international credit union development, Distinguished Service Awards are presented each year at World Council's World Credit Union Conference.

World Council's Young Credit Union People Program (WYCUP)

WYCUP is an annual scholarship program designed to engage and promote the next generation of credit union professionals and volunteers in the international credit union movement. The program encourages the sponsorship of individuals 35 or younger who have made a significant contribution within their own credit union or credit union organization as nominees for the WYCUP Scholarship. WYCUP nominees are sponsored by their nominating organizations to attend World Council's World Credit Union Conference, where the scholarship is awarded.

Credit Union Ambassador’s Award

World Council's Credit Union Ambassador's Award recognizes the contributions of individuals or organizations for their commitment to fostering international credit union development. This award is usually granted on the occasion of a special event, such as a significant anniversary year of the organization involved.

International Executive Volunteer Corps

The International Executive Volunteer Corps (IEVC) recognizes the efforts of international volunteers who are instrumental in achieving World Council's mission of financial empowerment. IEVC members are affiliated with World Council's International Partnerships Program.


Approved by the World Council board of directors or the general assembly, Resolutions formally honor a variety of contributions to the movement. Resolutions are presented on such occasions as retirement or in memoriam of an individual who has served the credit union movement over the course of a career, or to organizations that have fostered a commitment to credit union principles at an international level.

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