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Cornerstone announces national award winners

Posted: Sep 16, 2020 | Author:
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Credit unions recognized for outstanding efforts in financial education, social responsibility/community service, and philosophy-in-action member service.

Editor’s note: Next week, the Leaguer will begin a four-part series featuring the credit union initiatives selected by the Cornerstone League for the Credit Union National Association’s national awards.

Cornerstone has selected winners from across the region for CUNA’s Desjardins Adult Financial Education Award, Desjardins Youth Financial Education Award, Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Community Service Award, and Louise Herring Philosophy-in-Action Member Service Award.

Desjardins Financial Education Awards
CUNA created the Desjardins program to recognize leadership within the credit union movement on behalf of financial literacy for all ages.

The first-place winners for the Desjardins Adult Financial Education Awards are:

  • Tinker Federal Credit Union, Oklahoma City, Okla.
    More than $1 billion in assets
    Department of Housing—Muscogee Creek Nation—TFCU Financial Education Workshops

  • Education Credit Union, Amarillo, Texas
    $250 million–$1 billion assets
    ECU’s Smart Money Financial Education

The second-place winner is:

  • GECU, El Paso, Texas
    More than $1 billion in assets
    GECU Financial Education 2019

The first-place winners for the Desjardins Youth Financial Education Awards are:

  • A+ Federal Credit Union, Austin, Texas
    More than $1 billion in assets
    A+FCU

  • Tinker Federal Credit Union, Oklahoma City, Okla.
    More than $1 billion in assets
    Yukon Public Schools—CampNext—TFCU Financial Education Workshops

  • Resource One Credit Union, Dallas, Texas
    $250 million–$1 billion assets
    Young Adult Financial Education

The second-place winners are:

  • GECU, El Paso, Texas
    More than $1 billion in assets
    2019 Student Board of Directors by GECU

  • Education First Federal Credit Union, Beaumont, Texas
    $250 million–$1 billion assets
    C.A.F.E. Secret Agent Training Module

Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Community Service Award
The Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Community Service Award is given to a credit union for its social responsibility projects within the community. Credit unions in the Cornerstone region earning first-place awards are:

  • GECU, El Paso, Texas
    More than $1 billion in assets
    GECU El Paso Strong—Community Outreach Efforts

  • True Sky Credit Union, Oklahoma City, Okla.
    $250 million–$1 billion assets
    True Sky Dora Maxwell Award

  • Tarrant County’s Credit Union, Fort Worth, Texas
    $50–250 million in assets
    Crock-Pots for Vets

  • Energize Credit Union, Oklahoma City, Okla.
    Less than $50 million in assets
    Energy Trails

Second-place winners are:

  • A+ Federal Credit Union, Austin, Texas
    More than $1 billion in assets
    A+ Gives

  • Education First Federal Credit Union, Beaumont, Texas
    $250 million–$1 billion assets
    Imelda Educators Relief Fund

  • Houston Metropolitan Federal Credit Union, Houston, Texas
    $50–250 million in assets
    2020 Dora Maxwell Award

Receiving an honorable mention is:

  • Tinker Federal Credit Union, Oklahoma City, Okla.
    More than $1 billion in assets
    Tiny Houses

Louise Herring Philosophy-in-Action Member Service Award
The Louise Herring Philosophy-in-Action Member Service Award is presented to a credit union for its practical application of the credit union philosophy within the actual operation of the credit union. It is awarded for internal programs and services that benefit members. The first-place winners are:

  • GECU, El Paso, Texas
    More than $1 billion in assets
    2019 Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Free Tax Assistance Program

  • True Sky Credit Union, Oklahoma City, Okla.
    $250 million–$1 billion assets
    True Sky Louise Herring Award Application

The second-place winner is:

  • Tinker Federal Credit Union, Oklahoma City, Okla.
    More than $1 billion in assets
    TFCU Member Solutions

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