Cornerstone League

Small Credit Union Achiever's Award

Realizing the great contributions of small credit union leaders, the Small Credit Union Achiever’s Award is designed to recognize accomplishments, time, and efforts in support and promotion of the credit union movement over the past year by professionals dedicated to serving credit unions under $100 million in assets. 


  • Nominees must be paid credit union employee from a Cornerstone member credit union with assets under $100M (per June 30 NCUA call reports of the preceding year.) 
  • Any Cornerstone member credit union or chapter may nominate individuals for this award. 
  • Nomination may be made without regard to credit union or chapter boundaries.

Who should be nominated for the Small Credit Union Achiever’s award?

The Awards and Recognition Committee will look for employees from credit unions under $100M who have demonstrated leadership and management abilities at their credit union. Their selfless loyalty, time and talent have improved people’s lives, enriched their community and contributed to the credit union movement.

For your convenience, you may review the awards criteria before proceeding through the nomination process.

The recipient will be recognized at IMPACT: Cornerstone Annual Meeting.

Nomination & Scoring Procedures

  • The Cornerstone Awards and Recognition committee will review completed and submitted nominations forms received by the award deadline.
  • Hall of Fame, Professional of the Year, Small CU Achiever’s and Volunteer of the Year nominees must receive at least 75% of the total points possible to be considered an award winner.
  •  For consistency and transparency, the awards committee will use a rubrik scoring system to assign point values to submissions.

Timeline for the 2024 awards

  • Early-mid November 2023 – Jan. 12, 2024: Awards open for nominations
  • Jan. 12, 2024: Awards nomination deadline
  • Jan. 15-Jan. 31, 2024: Judging
  • Early February 2024: Award winners notified
  • April 4, 2024: Cornerstone Award winners honored at IMPACT: Annual Meeting awards lunch in Kansas City


Who is eligible to be nominated for Hall of Fame, Professional of the Year, Small CU Achiever and Volunteer of the Year?
How are nominees selected for each award?
Can an individual win an award twice, in different years?
Can an individual be nominated for the same or different awards in consecutive years?
Can an individual win different awards in consecutive years?
Can a member of the Awards & Recognition committee review a nominee from their own credit union?
What happens if there is a tie? Can there be two award winners in a single category?


If you have any questions, please contact us.