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Credit Union Awards

The Missouri Credit Union Association (MCUA) offers an annual award competition to help credit unions gain recognition for the wonderful programs provided to members and the community at-large.

Award season includes programming conducted by credit unions or chapters from May to April each year. The state-level Maxwell, Herring and Desjardins Award entry deadline is Friday, June 27. State-level judging takes place during July and entries are due to the Credit Union National Association in July. MCUA announces the winners at its annual convention and exposition in October. The first-place winner in each category advances to the national competition. National winners will be recognized at the annual CUNA Governmental Affairs Conference in Washington D.C. in February/March.

For more information on each of the programs, including last year's winners and the types of initiatives that can be considered for each award, click on the tabs below. Download documents for this year's award season clicking the item below.

  • Awards brochure 
  • Award differentiation chart
  • Secrets of a winning Dora Maxwell or Louise Herring Award
  • Dora Maxwell entry form and checklist
  • Louise Herring entry form and checklist
  • Desjardins FAQs  
  • Secrets of a winning Desjardins Financial Education Award
  • Desjardins Youth Financial Education entry form and checklist 
  • Desjardins Adult Financial Education entry form and checklist 
  • Desjardins Adult Chapter or Group Financial Education entry form and checklist 
  • Desjardins Youth Chapter or Group Financial Education entry form and checklist
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The Desjardins Financial Education Award recognizes leadership within the credit union movement on behalf of financial literacy. This award is named for Alphonse Desjardins,who pioneered youth savings clubs and in-school "banks," known as caisses scolaires.

The winners of the 2013 state Desjardins Financial Education Award competition are:

  Asset Category Credit Union
Desjardins Youth $50-150M 1st Place: Raytown-Lee's Summit Credit Union
    Honorable Mention: Electro Savings Credit Union
  $150-500M 1st Place: Neighbors Credit Union
    Honorable Mention: Arsenal Credit Union
  More Than $500M 1st Place: CommunityAmerica Credit Union*
    Honorable Mention: Vantage Credit Union
Desjardins Adult $50-150M 1st Place: Electro Savings Credit Union*
  $150-500M 1st Place: St. Louis Community Credit Union*
    Honorable Mention: Arsenal Credit Union
  More Than $500M 1st Place: CommunityAmerica Credit Union*
    Honorable Mention: Vantage Credit Union

*National Award Winner

The Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Award recognizes model credit union efforts to strengthen local institutions and materially improve the lives of nonmembers through community outreach programs (other than personal finance education). Examples of activities include:

  • Internship programs
  • Charity fundraising
  • Support for public events
  • Donation to social service programs
  • Lobbying or advocacy on behalf of school financial education
  • And, support for teacher training. 

The winners of the 2013 state Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Award competition are:

Asset Category Credit Union
$20-50M 1st Place: Joplin Metro Credit Union
$50-100M 1st Place: Central Missouri Community Credit Union
  2nd Place: Raytown Lee's Summit Community Credit Union
$100-200M 1st Place: United Credit Union
  2nd Place: Arsenal Credit Union
  Honorable Mention: Electro Savings Credit Union
$200-500M 1st Place: Mazuma Credit Union
  2nd Place: St. Louis Community Credit Union
  Honorable Mention: Neighbors Credit Union
$500-$1B 1st Place: Vantage Credit Union
More Than $1B 1st Place: Anheuser-Busch Employees' Credit Union
  2nd Place: CommunityAmerica Credit Union
  Honorable Mention: First Community Credit Union

 

 

The Louise Herring Award for Philosophy in Action recognizes model credit union efforts to materially improve members’ lives through programs (other than personal finance education).  Examples of activities within this category include:

  • Implementing special loan modification programs
  • Developing wealth-building or debt-reduction incentive programs
  • Outreach to an underserved population
  • Help with a student-run, in-school or campus branch
  • Managing a credit union difference campaign
  • Implementing an alternative to predatory lending 
  • Providing support for member ESL instruction

The winners of the 2013 state Louise Herring Award for Philosophy in Action competition are:

Asset Category Credit Union
$50-250M 1st Place: Electro Savings Credit Union
  2nd Place: St. Louis Community Credit Union
  Honorable Mention: Raytown-Lee's Summit Community Credit Union
$250-1B 1st Place: Mazuma Credit Union*
  2nd Place: Vantage Credit Union
More than $1B 1st Place: Anheuser-Busch Employee's Credit Union*
  2nd Place: First Community Credit Union

*National Award Winner

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