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CUNA Awards

Congratulations to our 2016 CUNA award winners!
Winners will be recognized  at the 2016 Convention & Annual Meeting October 4-6. First place winners have moved on to compete in the national awards competition.

Credit unions in Kansas and Missouri do great things for their members and communities every single day. It's time to be recognized for your efforts! CUNA's National Award programs are designed to encourage and recognize distinguished credit unions which demonstrate social responsibility (the Dora Maxwell Award), the credit union philosophy (the Louise Herring Award), and financial education (the Desjardins Awards). 

View the award differentian chart.

Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Recognition Award
The Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Recognition Award is given to a credit union or chapter for its social responsibility projects within the community. The award is given for external activities.
The Louise Herring Award for Philosophy in Action
The Louise Herring Philosophy in Action Award is given to a credit union to formally recognize demonstration of its practical application of credit union philosophy in action for its members.
The Desjardins Financial Education Award (Adult and Youth)
The Alphonse Desjardins Award recognizes credit unions and chapters for their financial education efforts. It considers all activities supporting personal finance education.

Featured activities must have taken place between May 2015 and May 2016.

The awards deadline has passed. 

There is a $25 entry fee for each submission. Send your check to:
Heartland Credit Union Association
Attn:  Sharon Bahr
2055 Craigshire Road, Ste. 200
St. Louis, MO  63146


July 1 Credit union entries due to HCUA
July 2-22 Judging
July 29 Winning state entries due to CUNA
August 5 Kansas and Missouri state winners announced
October 2016 CUNA announces national winners

To align with how other credit union leagues and associations judge their own state's awards, credit union entries submitted to Heartland Credit Union Association will be judged by another state league. Only first place state winners will go on to compete in the national awards in October.

Entries with the highest score above 80% of the maximum points receive first place recognition and moves on to national judging. The next highest score above 80% will receive an honorable mention. You must receive at least 80% of the maximum points to be considered a first place or honorable mention winner. Only one entry per category or asset size will move on to the national judging. In the event of a tie, another judge may be asked to judge the entries.

Dora Maxwell
Total points possible - 100
Entries must receive 80 points or higher to be considered for first place or honorable mention.

Louise Herring
Total points possible - 110
Entries must receive 88 points or higher to be considered for first place or honorable mention.

Total points possible -  120
Entries must receive 96 points or higher to be considered for first place or honorable mention.

Questions? Contact Sharon Bahr, 800.392.3074, ext. 1342. FAQs are included in the home page link above.