GWLN Scholarship Application



About Global Women’s Leadership Network

Global Women’s Leadership Network (GWLN) is one of the original diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) initiatives established in 2009 by the World Council of Credit Unions to provide women in the credit union arena a safe forum to discuss issues to further their professional and personal journeys.


Through its voice, GWLN provides women with opportunities to make a measurable difference in the lives of each other, their credit unions, and their communities. Credit union leaders, professionals, volunteers and business partners unite through GWLN, the industry's only international platform dedicated to addressing and facilitating greater gender balance among leadership positions.

With over 4,500 individuals engaged from 85 countries, GWLN is bursting with diverse groups of women from all walks of life, expertise, and professional standing. By mentoring talent and fostering members' professional development, GWLN supports and develops the leadership potential and career advancing skills needed to drive the global credit union industry.



Overview of the GWLN Scholarship Application 

As part of our mission to empower women worldwide, the Global Women's Leadership Network provides annual scholarships to 4 – 6 female leaders from the global credit union industry. Successful candidates will participate in all GWLN activities during the World Credit Union Conference (WCUC), join educational sessions, diversify skill sets to make an impact, and have the opportunity to virtually connect with other credit union professionals from around the globe.  

Since 2009, Global Women has awarded 64 scholarships to women from 24 countries. Scholarships are made possible through funding from annual membership donations and industry partner sponsorships, including the generous support of CUNA 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.

GWLN Activities at WCUC 2021

Scholarship winners will participate in the 2021 World Credit Union Conference, a virtual event from 14-21 July. Scholars will virtually meet with scholarship supporters, GWLN members and Sister Society leaders, attend the GWLN Forum and GWLN sessions, as well as virtually connect with conference attendees. Focusing on professional development, scholars engage in interactive virtual dialogue sessions, expand their knowledge and grow business relationships.

2021 World Credit Union Conference – A Virtual Event

The reimagined virtual 2021 World Credit Union Conference will feature more than 30 educational sessions with topics relevant to all leadership levels. Multiple opportunities to actively network with other attendees and industry partners from across our international cooperative movement will be available throughout the immersive virtual experience for all.



  • Recipients will be women leaders who are currently active in the credit union movement.
  • Recipients will have made a demonstrated leadership contribution to their community, organization, and credit union system.
  • Recipients will have a demonstrated financial need and would not otherwise be able to participate in the virtual conference without financial assistance.
  • Preference will be given to recipients from diverse backgrounds who will be able to: 1) gain maximum benefit from the networking experience; 2) fully participate in and contribute to forum and virtual conference events.
  • Recipients will become active participants of GWLN activities throughout the year. Past scholarship winners (with the exception of immediate past year) may re-apply.
  • The working language for the conference is English. Interpretation will be provided to speakers of other languages for some educational sessions.
  • All applications will be evaluated by the GWLN team. Scholarship recipients will be notified by GWLN and must accept or decline within 15 days of being notified.

As a GWLN scholarship winner, you will receive the following:

  • Complimentary one-year membership to the Global Women’s Leadership Network
  • Complimentary registration to 2021 World Credit Union Conference (July 14-21, 2021)

As a GWLN Scholarship winner, you will be required to:

  • Attend all GWLN-specific events during 2021 WCUC
  • Attend the 2021 GWLN Sister Society strategy session
  • Attend 2021 Scholarship winner virtual meetings showcasing your progress and growth in your credit union/communities. Scholarship winners will present to GWLN members, Sister Society leaders and supporters.
    • Provide a video or one-page PowerPoint progress report detailing what you have accomplished in your financial cooperative/credit union/community as a GWLN Scholar. Cell phone or other means of video collection are acceptable.
      • Please ensure the video is recorded horizontally. Nominees must upload their videos to YouTube titled: GWLN Scholar 2021 and links sent in to