Kenyan among four global women awarded scholarships to credit union conference

Scholars attending the 2023 World Credit Union Conference (WCUC) in Canada. A Kenyan was also selected for the scholarships.

A Kenyan is among the four women awarded scholarships to attend the World Credit Union Conference (WCUC) in the USA that gives an opportunity to participants to hone their professional development and diversify their skills.

Global Women’s Leadership Network (GWLN) was the organization that awarded the scholarships.

The 2024 GWLN Scholarship recipients are Grace Akinyi Ogolla Watsiera from Kenya, Gugu Vilakati (Eswatini), Raquel Mascariña (Philippines) and Michelle Carrera (USA).

The scholars will receive the complimentary registration to the World Credit Union Conference (WCUC), which is co-hosted by World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU) and America’s Credit Unions.

The event, the largest gathering of credit union professionals in the world, will be held in Boston, USA from July 21-24.

They conference will go along with several virtual events throughout the year.

GWLN Director Lena Giakoumopoulos said the four scholars were selected from a record 86 applicants from 23 countries on six continents where GWLN is present.

“There were a large number of well qualified individuals, and it was a challenge to select these four women who will build their skill sets, help grow our programme and engage with more women for a greater impact throughout the global credit union system,” Lena said.

Since 2009, GWLN has awarded more than 100 scholarships to women from over 30 countries.

The scholarships are made possible through funding from GWLN memberships and industry champion sponsorships.

In 2023, sponsors included PSCU/Co-op Solutions, TruStage, Origence and the Susan Adams Scholarship Fund, which was established in honour of former Entrust Financial Credit Union CEO Susan Adams supported by One AZ Credit Union.

Global Women’s Leadership Network connects, inspires, and empowers women with the opportunities and resources to make a measurable difference in the lives of each other, in the lives of credit union members, and in their communities.

The Worldwide Foundation for Credit Unions is a strategic partner of the World Council; it bridges gaps impacting credit unions’ ability to grow and advance financial inclusion worldwide.

By Obegi Malack


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