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Named after Alphonse Desjardins, CUNA's Center for Personal Finance created the Desjardins award to recognize leadership within the credit union movement on behalf of financial literacy for all ages. The recognition program considers all activities supporting the personal finance education of members and nonmembers, including, but not limited to, face-to-face teaching using proprietary materials and curricula such as the NEFE High School Financial Planning Program® (HSFPP) as well as financial literacy leadership efforts.
Adult - The Desjardins Adult Financial Education Award recognizes model credit union/chapter efforts to teach personal finance concepts and skills to members and nonmembers age 18 and older. Examples:
Youth - The Desjardins Youth Financial Education Award recognizes model credit union efforts to teach personal finance concepts and skills to members and nonmembers under age 18. Examples:
Winners are ranked using a point system, and the first place winners are selected to advance to CUNA for national level competition. (Reminder: Only one first-place chapter winner and only one first-place credit union winner per asset category can advance to the national competition from any given state.)
There are three national judging criteria for both the Desjardins youth and adult awards. Based on the three criteria, judges will compare raw scores as a percentage of 60 maximum points. At least 48 points (80% of maximum) are required to win or receive second place or honorable mention. The national Desjardins credit union/chapter award in any given category will go to the entry that receives the highest score above 80%. For example, in a single category:
With the highest percentage score, B wins the award. A would receive second place, and because C falls below the 80% minimum needed, they would not place.
Entry deadline for 2014 has passed.
If you have any questions, please contact Jon Gorman at 469-385-6412 or 800-442-5762 ext. 6412. You may also email firstname.lastname@example.org.