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CUaware Protégé FAQ

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Got questions about the CUaware Protégé Competition? We've got answers. Please review this list of frequently asked questions (FAQ) for assistance. We will continue to improve this list as needed.


1. What is the CUaware Protégé Competition?

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.

2. What are the criteria to be eligible?

Eligible candidates must be from a league-affiliated credit union, between the age 18-35 and available to compete at the Finals in September.

3. Is there a cost to apply or participate?

There is no personal cost to apply or participate in this competition. If you win the chapter-level contest, your chapter and credit union will work together to cover the expenses for your conference registration, hotel accommodations, gas reimbursement, and meals not included in the hotel rate.

4. What is the deadline to apply?

Contact your chapter representatives for the specific date for your competition. All participating chapters must have a winner determined by August 15, 2014.

5. Is my chapter hosting a competition?

To date, participating chapters in North Carolina include North Piedmont, Northwest, and Tarheel. And in South Carolina include Charleston Area, Columbia, Pee Dee, and Upstate.

6. Can my credit union send more than one candidate?

No. Your credit union can only send one candidate to compete in the competition. However, we encourage you to consider sending additional rising professionals to the CCUL Leadership Conference. The conference offers a variety of sessions and activities that credit union professionals of any age will find beneficial. Registration cost for young professionals to attend the conference is $250 with reduced-rate rooms available at the Manor Inn.

7. What are the stages of competition?

The CUaware Protégé Competition is based on a three-tiered structure. Each credit union determines one (1) candidate to send to the chapter-level competition, where he or she will complete a brief written exam and give a five-minute presentation (PowerPoint encouraged, but not required) on a category from the provided list. Once chapter-level representatives are determined, those winners will go on to compete in the Finals at the CCUL 2014 Leadership Conference September 4-6 in Pinehurst, NC.

8. How is the competition judged?

Judging at the chapter and finals levels will be based on the same criteria: Credit Union Knowledge – 35%; Ability to Communicate – 35%; Personality – 20%; and Professional Appearance – 10%.

The score from your written exam at the chapter-level will carry over to the Finals competition. Also, at the Leadership Conference you will have the opportunity to give your five-minute presentation in front of a new panel of judges.

9. Where are the finals being held?

The finals are scheduled to be held at the CCUL Leadership Conference September 4-6 in Pinehurst, NC. The day of competition is scheduled for September 5, 2014.

10. What are the prizes and awards?

All participants in the CUaware Protégé Competition gain enhanced credit union knowledge, positive reinforcement of their value to the movement, and networking via the process and membership in the CUaware peer group.

At the Chapter Level:

  • Each chapter works with the finalist’s sponsor credit union to support his/her participation in the CUaware Protégé finals at the CCUL 2014 Leadership Conference September 4-6, including two nights lodging, mileage and some expenses (or a stipend). Estimated total value is $500-700.
  • Each chapter is encouraged to reward other chapter competitors by supporting their participation in the Leadership Conference. Registration cost is $250 per person, and additional support for housing or a stipend is at the chapters’ discretion.

At the Finals Level:

  • The winner of the finals competition will have a position on the CUaware Leadership Council. Additional opportunities for outreach will be coordinated by CUaware.
  • Immediate benefit to the 2014 CUaware Protégé is first choice of these developmental scholarships. Two runners-up also will have their choice of developmental scholarships.
    • Southeast CUNA Management School – One-year registration, valued at more than $1,300 (requires commitment to three-year program)
    • NYIB 2015 Annual Conference – Registration and lodging, valued at $1,300
    • CCUL Hike the Hill (Washington, DC) – Full participation including airfare and lodging, valued at $1,000
    • Principles & Philosophy Conference Scholarship – Includes tuition ($750), two nights lodging, and meals.

11. How long is the CUaware Protégé’s term?

The CUaware Protégé will hold the title for one year from the date the winner is determined.

Please direct additional questions to any of the following CCUL and CUaware representatives:

Courtney Jackson, CCUL (SC Office)

Jeff Hardin, CCUL (NC Office)

Brandon McAdams, CUaware