GWLN Scholarship Program


Scholarship Program Overview

As part of our mission to empower women in leadership in credit unions worldwide, GWLN offers an annual scholarship program to female leaders from the global credit union industry. Learning opportunities are made available to scholars through in person and virtual events so they can diversity skill sets, engage with other credit union professionals on a global scale and become better prepared to lead financial cooperatives in the future. These annual awards recognize individuals who have demonstrated leadership and exemplify a commitment to improving lives through financial cooperatives.

Scholarships are made possible through funding from GWLN memberships and industry champion sponsorships, including the generous support of Co-op SolutionsCUNA Mutual GroupCU DirectKinecta Federal Credit Union, PSCU and the Susan Adams Scholarship Fund which was established in honor of former Entrust Financial Credit Union CEO Susan Adams supported by One AZ Credit Union.

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



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  • Naddian Abraham-Damier, Dominica
  • Evelyn Olunja, Kenya
  • Mercy Tumukunde, Uganda
  • Ana Martinez, USA
They will receive the in-person learning opportunity with complimentary registration (including, travel, hotel accommodation and a stipend) to the World Credit Union Conference (WCUC) in Vancouver, Canada, July 23-26, 2023, co-hosted by World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU) and the Canadian Credit Union Association (CCUA)



  • Sadie Austin, Barbados
  • Almira Sagatova, Kazakhstan
  • Jane Ndambiri, Kenya
  • Lauren Foley, United Kingdom 
  • Emily Kohl, USA
  • Cait Murray, USA
  • Mary Lyimo, Tanzania
  • Dorothy Chiluba, Zambia

They will receive two virtual learning opportunities beginning right away with a year-round focus on leadership growth. Through GWLN partnerships with eLeaderHUB by eLeadership Academy and the WILD Network, scholars will have access to the annual FOCUS Virtual Summit on April 27, 2023, semi-annual EVOLVE Workshops, monthly live webinars and micro-trainings, as well as the Women in Global Development Leadership Forum (WILD Network), May 3-4, 2023.