|WE NEED JUDGES! Every year, KCUA trades judging responsibilities with another state league for the annual CUNA awards. We judge their entries, and they judge our entries. Judging these awards is a great way to get ideas from other credit unions and how they are serving their members and community. Judging will take place between July 17 and August 17. Exact judging time is yet to be determined. Since entries are submitted online, anyone in Kansas can judge them. No more binders! If you are interested in judging, please contact Susan Dyer, (800) 362-2076, ext. 3047.
**NEW FOR 2015**
Awards will be submitted online ONLY.
Submission deadline: Friday, July 10, 2015.
Credit unions are known for their service to their communities and dedication to financial literacy. Be recognized for your efforts!
Let's show legislators, consumers and our communities that credit unions are a smarter choice.
View Past Winners.
Questions? Susan Dyer, (800) 362-2076, ext. 3047.
Award entries will be judged by another state credit union league.
ABOUT THE AWARDS
CUNA's National Award programs are designed to encourage and recognize distinguished credit unions which demonstrate social responsibility (the Dora Maxwell Award), the credit union philosophy (the Louise Herring Award), and financial education (the Desjardins Awards).
Deadline to enter: Friday, July 10.
**New for 2015**
In an effort to streamline the submission process for our member credit unions and to reduce financial and human resources spent on the submission process, CUNA and the State Leagues have collaborated to produce one standardized format and online submission process for our member credit unions.
The Dora Maxwell Award is given to a credit union or chapter for its social responsibility projects within the community. (The award is given for external activities)
The Louise Herring Award is given to a credit union for its practical application of the credit union philosophy within the actual operation of the credit union. (The award is given for internal programs and services that benefit membership.)
The Desjardins Youth Award includes all activities to teach personal finance to youth (under 18).
The Desjardins Adult Award includes all activities to teach personal finance to adults (over 18).
What's the difference between the awards? Download the award differentiation chart.
You will automatically establish an account when you create an application to submit your first project. You may save your work and return to the submission site as often as needed as long as you complete and submit all parts of the project submission by the due date for the respective awards program.
As you work on your submission you will see varying formats in which questions need to be answered. Some require only numbers, while others require much more time and thought. You are able to save and come back at any time, until you submit. After you click submit, you may not go back and edit your information.
CUNA Awards homepage
Submit a Dora Maxwell Award
Submit a Louise Herring Award
Submit a Desjardin Award
Things to Remember
Frequently Asked Questions
Can a credit union compete in all of the competitions?
- There are no word or character limits for the text boxes, and you are able to format as you wish (bolding, italics, underlining, bullets...).
- You are able to skip questions that are required, but you will need to go back and answer them before you submit your project.
- Please include any documentation and promotional material you wish.
- Files can uploaded in many formats including video, audio, Facebook, Twitter, news articles, etc.
Yes - a credit union may submit one entry for each of the awards (Dora Maxwell, Louise Herring, Desjardins Adult, & Desjardins Youth)
Can a credit union enter the same entry in multiple programs?
No - each program has different objectives and requirements. Entries should be tailored to match the defined goals of the particular competition.
What time period do the award entries cover?
All entries should have taken place between May 2014 and May 2015.
Past Kansas winners:
Emporia State Federal Credit Union
2014 Desjardins Youth Education Award, First Place
Recognized for their efforts teaching local students from kindergarten to high school the importance of financial literacy through interactive sessions, field trips to the credit union and hands-on educational sessions.
Kansas State University Federal Credit Union
2014 Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Community Service Award, First Place
For their work in support of the Flint Hills Community Clinic. The credit union raised nearly $17,000 for the clinic through a partnership with Kansas State University Athletics, as well as from promotions for credit union members and credit union staff.
Educational Credit Union
2012 Desjardins Youth Financial Education Award ($150-500 mil), First Place, Kansas
Developed a Junior Advisory Board that help with marketing efforts, being a credit union advocate, and teaching financial literacy to local high school classes, reaching more than 250 students through 10 classes.
Credit Union of America
2012 Desjardins Youth Financial Education Award ($150-500 mil), Honorable Mention, Kansas
Outstanding youth financial literacy efforts including sponsorship with local band for financial literacy concerts.
Mid American Credit Union
2011 Desjardins Youth Financial Education Award ($150-500 mil), First Place, Kansas.
Recognized for teaching a financial literacy course as part of a summer youth program in two of Wichita’s most culturally diverse and economically disadvantaged neighborhoods.
Sunflower U.P. Federal Credit Union
2010 Desjardins Youth Financial Literacy Award, Honorable Mention, National.
They have done excellent work and made a significant impact with their Save @ School program.