Spokane Teachers Credit Union Donates to Kathy Thomson Legacy of Life & Learning Scholarships


Kathy Thomson’s family joined NWCUA President and CEO Troy Stang April 25 to announce the professional development scholarship program established in her honor.

For more than four decades, Kathy Thomson dedicated her career to the Idaho Credit Union League (ICUL), starting as a receptionist and learning virtually every facet of Credit Union Movement leadership before eventually becoming President and CEO.

In Thomson’s memory, a group of generous sponsors established Legacy of Life & Learning Scholarships for Idaho credit union professionals.

Knowing the importance of Thomson’s impact on the Credit Union Movement led Spokane Teachers Credit Union (STCU) to contribute $2,500 toward the scholarship fund.

“We saw great value in the creation of the scholarship fund to assist Idaho Credit Union professionals to be able to encourage, inspire, and ignite their passions as a credit union advocate,” said STCU’s Director of Community Relations Traci McGlathery.

During her 43 years of service to the ICUL, Thomson earned such prestigious honors and designations as Credit Union Development Educator, Certified League Executive, and Director on the Board of the Credit Union House in Washington, D.C. Thomson retired in early 2017 after helping guide the ICUL’s management agreement with the Northwest Credit Union Association (NWCUA). She passed away in January 2018.

Other donors making the scholarships possible include:

  • American Association of Credit Union Leagues
  • CUNA Mutual Group
  • Idaho Credit Union League
  • Montana’s Credit Unions
  • National Credit Union Foundation
  • Northwest Credit Union Association
  • Northwest Credit Union Foundation
  • Western CUNA Management School

Scholarship applications are available to Idaho NWCUA member credit union employees. Applications are being accepted through Sept. 28. Ten scholarship recipients will be notified Oct. 31.

Visit the Legacy of Life & Learning Scholarships website to learn about the programs scholarship applicants may consider.

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