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) are pleased to announce that scholarships to attend the Credit Union Development Education Program (CUDE) are now available to eligible young professionals at credit unions in Louisiana! Beginning October 1 through November 30, applications to attend the CUDE in 2020 will be accepted. Please read the following information and if you would like to apply for a scholarship, please click here. Completed applications should be submitted to education@lcul.com. 

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;
  • Applicant must be a member of the YPN;
  • 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 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. 

Award Recipients' Responsibilities

After completion of the program, the recipient will prepare a brief summary of his/her educational experience and share with the Foundation and YPN

2020 Dates

March 2020 Training
March 29 - April 4, 2020 - Madison, WI
May 2020 Training
May 10-16, 2020 - Madison, WI
September 2020 Training
September 13-19, 2020 - Madison, WI
November 2020 Training
November 8-14, 2020 - Madison, WI

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’s Terry College of Business and experts from the credit union industry. The curriculum is designed to be delivered over a three-year period with students in residence for course work each summer for eight days. In between the 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.

Note: The 2021 session of the Southeast CUNA Management School will be held virtually from June 7 through 11.

Scholarship Opportunities
The annual SRCUS Scholarship, awarded by LCUL on the basis of future potential, involvement in the credit union movement, and other criteria, exists to encourage credit union personnel to become more informed, competent employees through attendance at the School. Scholarship proceeds are used towards tuition for the current year; recipients must reapply each year. Applicants applying for the scholarships are required to provide the following:
  • Completed scholarship application form
  • Letter of recommendation from applicant’s credit union supervisor or official
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.

Affiliated credit unions with $25 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.