Global Women’s Leadership Network awards four scholarships | 2022-06-02

The Global Women’s Leadership Network (GWLN) awarded four scholarships to women in the credit union sector in May. As official members of the GLWN, they benefit from opportunities for professional development, networking and skills diversification.

Additionally, in 2022, GWLN is offering scholars the opportunity to receive an Empowerment Grant to implement a new or ongoing home-based project focused on empowering women, their credit union members, and/or their families. local communities.

“With the support of corporate sponsorships and individual GWLN memberships, we have expanded the annual scholarship program and reintroduced the Empowerment Grant this year. It was exciting to see several unique proposals from women applying for the first time to credit union systems around the world,” said Lena Giakoumopoulos, Director of GWLN.

The 2022 GWLN Scholarship Recipients are:

  • Dorothy Mambulasa, Union of Savings and Credit Unions of Malawi, Ltd. (Malawi)
  • Enkhchimeg Nergui, Mongolian National Confederation of Credit Unions (Mongolia)
  • Violet Ndungu, Muki Sacco (Kenya)
  • Polly Gathoni Waweru, Unisa Sacco Society Limited (Kenya)

Each scholarship recipient will receive:

  • A free one-year membership to the Global Women’s Leadership Network.
  • One complimentary registration to the World Conference of Credit Unions (WCUC) 2022 in Glasgow, Scotland, July 17-20, 2022 (including travel, hotel accommodation and stipend).
  • The opportunity to submit project proposals and win an Empowerment Grant.

GWLN Fellows are required to attend all GWLN-specific events during the 2022 Credit Union World Conference, including the GWLN Reception and the GWLN Forum, where they will each make a presentation on the project proposal of empowerment grant submitted as part of the scholarship application process.

GWLN Forum attendees will vote to select two winners, which will be announced after WCUC. Each Empowerment Grant winner will receive $10,000 to implement their proposal over the next twelve months.

“Some project proposals focused on specific issues impacting local communities, while others presented solutions to improve businesses targeting specific populations in their respective regions. The common denominator: empowered women from diverse financial and socio-economic backgrounds who lead, facilitate and implement projects with the support of GWLN,” said Giakoumopoulos.

All Fellows are also required to attend the 2022 Fellows Meetings, showcasing the progress and growth of their credit union/communities, as well as the GWLN Sister Society Virtual Strategy Session later this year.

Since 2009, GWLN has awarded 90 scholarships to women from 30 countries.

The scholarships and empowerment grants are made possible by funding from annual memberships and corporate donations from Co-op Solutions, CUNA Mutual Group, PSCU and the Susan Adams Scholarship Fund supported by One AZ Credit Union.

“Empowerment scholarships and grants provide opportunities for growth, learning, and connection,” said Giakoumopoulos. “But, more importantly, they offer hope for the future.”

Mara R. Wilmoth