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Shelli McCoy Wins Int'l 2018 Joe Biden Award for DE of the Year
Monday, December 3, 2018 7:00 AM

Shelli McCoy

At a Nov. 17 awards dinner in Manchester, England, Tarrant County's Credit Union VP of Operations Shelli McCoy, CUDE, was honored with the 2018 Joe Biden Award for Development Educator of the Year.

The awards dinner celebrates those who have successfully participated in the Filene and Biden Awards program by showcasing and applauding their efforts and achievements. Entries for the 2018 Joe Biden Awards were received from Asia, Africa, Europe, and, for the first time, North America.

"The winner of the inaugural Joe Biden Award for the Development Educator of the Year from North America is a woman who is an exemplar of everything that being a Development Educator is," said Barry Epstein, Co-Trustees, ICULD&E Foundation and Directors ICULD&E Co. Ltd. 

"CUDE, this work in our community, and this award are shining stars in my credit union journey," said McCoy. "I left DE knowing my career would never be the same, feel the same, or look the same and that going forward it would never be just a job for me."

Shelli McCoy“I am very impressed with Shelli's entry and how she has tied all the efforts undertaken by her and TCCU staff, directors, and members back to attending the CUDE course in 2015," said one award judge. "She is trying to make a difference to young people and those in the community who are affected by inter-generational poverty, an issue that affects many developed countries. Great work and am very inspired, and keep up the great work.”

The judges also said of McCoy, "She is part of a small credit union with relatively little resource, but this has not stopped her delivering her DE project inspired by graduating first as a DE. She raises funds, obtains donations to provide financial education, particularly to young people, and uses other resources to combat intergenerational poverty in her community."

"I am so proud of Shelli’s dedication and hard work on her DE project," said Tarrant County's Credit Union President/CEO Lily Newfarmer, I-CUDE, SCMS. "Her generosity of spirit is an inspiration to all of us and embodies everything the CUDE program stands for."