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CrossState Credit Union Association and National Awards & Scholarships Program

We recognize how hard you work to keep your credit union message alive and strong. We recognize and celebrate the difference you are making in the lives of your members' and in your communities with the following awards and scholarships.

The MIC Awards: Market. Innovate. Create.

As marketing and communication professionals, our work has one simple goal in mind – make a lasting impression with our members and in our communities – and we do so through a variety of channels. Don’t leave 2018 behind without celebrating your victories in marketing and communications. Enter your successful campaigns into the PCUA MIC Awards and give the recognition your team deserves.  

Presented at the 2019 Evoke Marketing Conference, the MIC award winners will be recognized for their outstanding achievements in marketing and communications throughout 2018. 

Visit the MIC Awards page today!    

Paul E. Kanjorski Young Professionals Advocacy Scholarship  

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The Kanjorski Young Professionals Advocacy Scholarship honors former Pennsylvania Congressman Paul Kanjorski, who supported many legislative efforts on behalf of credit unions. The scholarship is designed to send one young professional or volunteer (18-40 years old) to the CUNA Governmental Affairs Conference in Washington D.C.

Lifetime Achievement Awards

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The Pennsylvania Credit Union Association and the New Jersey Credit Union League is pleased to recognize the leaders and volunteers committed to the  People Helping People  philosophy of the credit union movement through the Lifetime Achievement Awards Program which selects one Credit Union Professional and one Credit Union Volunteer of the Year.

Credit Union Professional of the Year

William W. Pratt Lifetime Achievement Award

The William W. Pratt Lifetime Achievement Award was established by the Pennsylvania Credit Union Association in memory of William Pratt, a former Association Executive Director whose credit union career spanned over 30 years. It is presented annually to an outstanding professional involved in daily credit union operations.  The nominee must be a full-time CEO or direct management of a member credit union. The person should be in good standing in the community, understand the credit union philosophy, promote the credit union idea, and actively demonstrate loyalty to the credit union movement.

Credit Union Volunteer of the Year
Calvin H. Jackson Lifetime Achievement Award

The Calvin H. Jackson Lifetime Achievement Award was established by the Pennsylvania Credit Union Association and the New Jersey Credit Union League in memory of Calvin H. Jackson, a 1997 Montclair State University graduate, a vetern of the U.S. Navy, a self-employed general contractor, and a trustee and manager at St. James A.M.E Church credit union. It is presented annually to a credit union volunteer who has selflessly given time, effort, and talent to the betterment of the movement with little or no monetary compensation. The nominee should be in good standing in the community, a person who understands and works to promote the credit union philosophy, and who has demonstrated loyalty to the credit union movement. Only activities conducted as a volunteer will be considered for former employees of a credit union.

Memorial Scholarships for Professional Development

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CrossState Leadership School Memorial Scholarships (formerly Judge/Bradley)

The CrossState Leadership School scholarships were established in 1972 by the Pennsylvania Credit Union Association to perpetuate the memory of all past Association Boards of Directors and are awarded annually to deserving credit union professionals of a member credit union who wish to attend the CrossState Leadership School (formerly Judge/Bradley)  . The recipient receives tuition and lodging and must be used to attend the school in the year in which it is awarded and the recipient is required to fulfill the project requirements between the first and second year. The applicants are eligible to win this scholarship up to two times.

   -  The highest scoring applicant receives the Jim McCormack Scholarship Award.
   -  The highest scoring applicant from a small credit union receives the Cookie Yoder Small Credit Union Award.
   -  Highest scoring applicants will receive one of six scholarships, including the Joseph F. Hinchey Memorial Award.
‚Äč   -  Three additional Moore, Chizmadia, and Cotten scholarships are awarded according to the highest scoring applicants.

Josephine Sakovics Memorial Scholarship

Honoring Josephine Sakovics for her dedication and commitment to the credit union movement, volunteers and management personnel are encouraged to apply for the Sakovics Memorial Scholarship to attend the Association’s Annual Convention.  The recipient will be provided with three night’s lodging and conference registration.

William M. Noble Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship honors William Noble, the man who pioneered credit union education in Pennsylvania. The recipient will be provided with lodging and conference registration to the Fall Leadership Conference.

Foundation Professional Development Grants

Professional development grants are available through the Pennsylvania Credit Union Foundation.  Credit union chapters or credit unions with assets less than $30 million may apply on behalf of employees or volunteers serving as board or committee members.  Grants for individual credit union staff or volunteers will cover the cost of registration only. The credit union or individual must pay the remaining costs. Chapter grants may be used to offset the costs of training that will be beneficial to credit unions. The maximum grant amount of webinars is $1,000 or the cost of four webinars, whichever is less. Other Professional Development grant awards will not exceed $2,500.  Grants are awarded for participation in webinars, Judge/Bradley Leadership Conference,  CUNA Management School, and other credit union-related training.  The credit union or chapter must not have another active Foundation grant, including those in the monitoring phase.  Click here to learn more or to apply.

CUNA National Awards Program

CUNA's National Awards programs are designed to encourage and recognize distinguished credit unions for their People Helping People philosophy.  The Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Service Award, the Louise Herring Philosophy-in-Action Award , and Desjardins Youth and Adult Financial Education Award allow participants to compete on the state and national level. The state winners will be announced at the 2020 CrossState Annual Convention and advance to the national CUNA competition for judging.  The winners of that contest will be revealed at CUNA’s Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC) in Washington, D.C. the following year.

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Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Service Award 

The Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Community Service Award is given to a credit union or chapter/multiple credit union group for its social responsibility projects which benefit your greater community.

Louise A. Herring Philosophy-in-Action Award 

This award is given to a credit union for its practical application of credit union philosophy within the actual operation of the credit union.  It is awarded for internal programs and services that benefit membership.

Desjardins Financial Education Awards -

The Desjardins Financial Education Awards recognize leadership within the credit union movement on behalf of financial literacy for all ages.  Naming the award after Alphonse Desjardins emphasizes the movement's long-time commitment to youth.  Besides founding the first credit unions in Canada and the U.S., Desjardins pioneered youth savings clubs and in-school "banks".  


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