Continuing Education Funds Available Through Revamped NWCUF Scholarship Programs

At the beginning of 2012, the Northwest Credit Union Foundation (NWCUF) was formed through the merger of the Oregon and Washington Credit Union Foundations. By the end of the year, the freshly minted Foundation had unveiled a new brand, introduced a newly seated board, and laid the groundwork to take even greater strides in 2013.

The first of those strides is the re-launch of the NWCUF Professional Development Program. Based on Northwest Credit Union Association (NWCUA) member feedback, the Foundation has revamped the overall application, award notification and reimbursement process for scholarships and grants.

The most significant upgrades are to the application process. Whereas scholarships had previously been awarded only at the end of three “cycles” throughout the year, applications will now be reviewed and scholarships awarded on a monthly basis. An internal NWCUF funding calendar will ensure that adequate funding is dispersed for all events throughout the 12-month period.

All Professional Development scholarship applications are now completely available online as well, meaning applicants can apply online for a Professional Development scholarship or a Quik-App scholarship at any time during the year.

Quik-App scholarships feature the simplest possible application process and are awarded in amounts of $200 or less. These scholarships pay for educational events that may include networking councils, webinars and educational programs hosted by the NWCUA and affiliates, for Credit Union National Association (CUNA) or CUNA Mutual (CMG) programs, and for programs available through other state leagues and credit union organizations.

As with previous years, each applicant will be eligible to receive up to $1,500 annually. Applicants requesting more than $1,500 will only be considered for up to that amount.

“These are exciting times for the NWCUF,” said Foundation Development Associate Josalyn Alston, “as we continue to ensure that the Association’s membership has access to programs that promote continued education and training of credit union employees. By upgrading our scholarship programs and application processes, we hope to do that much more to keep the credit union movement competitive in this growing financial marketplace.”

To apply for a Professional Development or Quik App scholarship, please visit


Questions? Contact Foundation Development Associate Josalyn Alston: 206.340.4814,

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