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CUaware Protégé Competition

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The CUaware Protégé Competition is an opportunity for credit unions and chapters to: recognize the value and potential in rising professionals age 35 and under; enhance chapter programming and credit union interest; reinforce cooperative principles and credit union philosophy; and support CUaware and the league’s investment in developing leadership.

Download the Competition Manual



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Download any of the following materials to use in your communications at chapter meetings or credit union functions. Some of the PDF files are customized so chapters can set individual deadlines.




Reminder: One (1) nominee per league-affiliated credit union can go on to compete in the chapter-level competition! All chapter participants will complete a standard examination and give a five-minute oral presentation from a range of available topics. Then one (1) winner from each chapter will go on to compete at the CCUL Leadership Conference for the title of 2015 CUaware Protégé!




Micah Smith | 2014 Protégé
“I am very thankful that I was encouraged to participate in CUaware’s Protégé Competition. The entire experience has been incredibly rewarding. The strength of the program comes from its concentration on bringing those of us who are new to the credit union movement together with established leaders for a mutually beneficial experience. This concentration is worked out through CUaware’s mentoring program, in which all participants of the competition are partnered with a mentor. While I have yet to experience all the advantages that the Protégé program has to offer, I am confident that the mentoring program will prove to be among the most valuable.”
Will Crosswell | 2013 Protégé
“This whole experience has truly been a blessing for me. The connections I’ve made, not only throughout the state, but across the nation have been both educational and motivational. Having the opportunity to learn from leaders in the movement continues to be one of the best rewards I have received since becoming Protégé last year. Being a part of the Protégé competition will not only provide you with the avenues to learn and grow in this industry, but with the tools to become a better leader within your own credit union and local community.”

Questions? Visit our FAQ page or contact any of the following CCUL and CUaware representatives:

Courtney Jackson, CCUL

Jeff Hardin, CCUL

Brandon McAdams, CUaware