Continuing education and development programs for credit union professionals help the credit union movement remain competitive in the financial marketplace. We provide scholarships for credit union-related educational courses and professional development programs to ensure credit union employees have access to the training they need to successfully serve their organizations and their communities.

The Louisiana Foundation and the Young Professionals Network (YPN) have partnered to award scholarships to attend the Credit Union Development Education Program (CUDE) in person in 2024. We will be awarding two scholarships this year. The deadline to apply is November 30.

What is CUDE?

A program of the National Credit Union Foundation, the DE program brings renewed relevance to the philosophy of "People helping People." This unique and transformative training provides critical lessons in cooperative principles, credit union philosophy and international development issues while incorporating challenges credit unions face today. 

During the week long training, participants are involved in group exercises, field trips, encouraged to ask questions of visiting speakers, and are required to complete team projects proposing solutions for credit unions to help alleviate or eliminate challenging situations in any given area. 

Visit the National Credit Union Foundation's website for more information on the program.

Who is eligible?

This program is ideal for credit unions staff who have demonstrated through their actions their passion and commitment to credit unions. As such, the applicant criteria is as follows:
  • Applicant is an employee or volunteer at a Louisiana credit union;
  • Applicants must be actively involved in credit union activities; Examples include regular participation in chapter meetings, committee work, credit union activism, etc.
  • Applicant has the endorsement of their Supervisor and/or CEO

What is included?

The scholarship covers all expenses (lodging, meals, and materials) for the DE training. All travel expenses to and from Madison, as well as incidentals while at the training are the responsibility of the credit union or applicant. Scholarship is not eligible for virtual training.

Click here to apply!

The mission of the Southeast CUNA Management School (SRCUS) is to provide students the opportunity to develop their leadership capabilities so that they can contribute to the success of their credit unions. The school utilizes faculty from the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business and experts from the credit union industry. The curriculum is delivered over a three-year period with students in residence for course work each summer for six days. Between summers, students apply the knowledge gained from the School to projects that require strategic analysis of their credit unions and research of relevant issues facing the credit union industry. For more information on the program or to register to attend, please click here.
The 2024 SRCUS Management School will be held June 16-21 on the campus of the University of Georgia.
Scholarship Opportunities
The annual SRCUS Scholarship, awarded by LCUL and SRCUS are based on multiple criteria including current experience, engagement, leadership initiative, future potential, and financial need. They exist to encourage credit union personnel to become more informed employees and future credit union executives through attendance at the School.

Scholarship award amounts vary and are intended to be partial reimbursements to help defray total costs for the current year.

Please note: Scholarships are available to participants from credit unions with less than $250 Million.
  • Completed scholarship application form
  • Letter of recommendation from applicant’s credit union supervisor or official
  • Copy of 2023 year end financials
SRCUS scholarships are available to professionals from LCUL-affiliated credit unions. Funding for this scholarship program is provided by the Southeast Regional Credit Union Schools and the Louisiana Credit Union League.

Co-sponsored by the Louisiana CU Foundation, LCUL’s Emerging Leader Program honors exceptional Louisiana credit union professionals who consistently integrate themselves into the industry through development, service, and engagement. Individuals will be chosen as finalist first with the overall winner being named at LCUL’s convention. The overall winner will be awarded a full scholarship to America's Credit Unions Governmental Affairs Conference.

Individuals can be nominated by their credit union or from credit union peers; self-nomination is not allowed. View official rules.

The deadline for nominations for 2024 is May 17.

Submit Your Nomination

Affiliated credit unions with $50 million in assets and under (based on current Call Report) qualify for a discounted registration fee for in-state programs offered by LCUL. Use the code FOUNDATION50 when registering. Questions? Contact LCUL's Education Department for more information.
*offer is limited to one free registration per education program

The Small Business Employee Training Program (SBET) is designed to assist in the skill development of existing employees through individual, standardized training. Employers are reimbursed for tuition once the training has been completed and proper documentation has been submitted to the Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC). Training costs cannot exceed $3,000 per trainee per state fiscal year (July 1 – June 30). Funding is provided through the Incumbent Worker Training Account. 

Click here for more information on the SBET program.