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Premier Members Credit Union to reward $47,500 in youth scholarships in 2019

Boulder, Colo. (February 12, 2019) Premier Members Credit Union (PMCU) intends to make paying for college a little easier for high school seniors seeking higher education. This year, PMCU’s Premier Scholarship has reached $47,500.

Now thru May 10, Colorado students can apply online at to receive one of two $5,000 scholarships that can be applied towards a traditional four-year university, two-year college or trade school. Students may also apply for the Premier Scholarship from one of PMCU’s partner agencies. These agencies include: Realities for Children of Boulder County, Impact on Education, Westminster Public Schools Foundation, Hide in Plain Sight and The Hope House.

“We are proud to offer our annual Premier Scholarship to students seeking higher education,” said Andrea Balazs, Corporate Social Responsibility Coordinator. “Our hope is to provide traditional and non-traditional students with the opportunity to pursue higher education.”

Since 2012, PMCU has rewarded more than $140,000 in scholarships, and provided four four-year scholarships to serve underprivileged youth. The scholarship has grown from $4,000 in 2012 to $47,500 in 2019.

About Premier Members: Premier Members Credit Union (PMCU) is a not-for-profit financial institution dedicated to providing financial solutions to individuals and businesses in Boulder, Colo., and the Denver Metro area. With more than 72,000 members, $1.1 billion in assets, 12 retail branch locations and four locations in area high schools, PMCU is a leader in the credit union industry. In addition to being at the forefront of the industry in sustainable business practices, PMCU takes pride in giving back to the communities they serve, supporting a wide variety of activities and fundraising events for charitable organizations like United Way, Realities for Children of Boulder County, Impact on Education and many more. To learn more, visit



Media Contact:

Andrea Balazs




UniWyo FCU announces branch in Cheyenne

UniWyo Federal Credit Union, a fixture in financial services in Laramie for over 65 years, has announced the purchase of a property located at 5249 Yellowstone Road in Cheyenne, Wyoming. This will be the first UniWyo branch outside of Laramie, Wyoming, and the third branch for the credit union. This UniWyo branch in Cheyenne is set to open Fall of 2019.

UniWyo President and CEO, Dave Krause, explained that the idea of expanding to Cheyenne has been a part of their strategic plan for years. “We are all very excited about our expansion into Cheyenne. This new branch will provide additional convenience to our 3,000+ existing members in the area and help us grow our membership. We receive many requests from members asking when we’ll have a branch in Cheyenne, we can finally tell them it will be this Fall.” In the last 10 years UniWyo has grown from $155,000,000 to over $330,000,000 in assets and currently has over 60 employees. UniWyo will begin advertising for Cheyenne branch staff beginning in April.

UniWyo Vice President of Operations, Tara Springsteen, noted, “This new full-service branch will provide the community with a wide arrangement of products and services that are tailored to each person’s unique needs and goals. This branch will have lobby and drive-up hours Monday through Saturday, a 24-hour drive-up ATM, and a night depository.”

“We are thrilled to be entering a new market and to be able to bring our hometown values to Cheyenne,” says Mindy Uitterdyk, Vice President of Marketing. “We are a community minded credit union who strives to make a positive impact on the lives of the members we serve, while having fun along the way. We hope to see the Cheyenne community in our new branch when we open later this year.” Membership at UniWyo has grown from 13,500 to over 29,000 in the last 10 years.

UniWyo was originally chartered as a credit union in December 1953, when nine University of Wyoming employees opened their accounts with $5 each. UniWyo Federal Credit Union is a member of the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) with accounts federally insured to at least $250,000.

Media contact:

Mindy Uitterdyk, Vice President Marketing

(307) 721-5632



Blue FCU’s Teubner named to CUNA Board

The following individuals have been elected for a three-year term:

  • District 2, Class A: Joe Thomas, president/CEO, Fairfax County FCU, Fairfax, Va. This position represents credit unions having less than 38,000 natural person members in the following states: Delaware, District of Columbia, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Ohio, Virginia and West Virginia; and
  • Class D: Troy Stang, president/CEO, Northwest Credit Union Association and Caroline Willard, President/CEO, Cornerstone Credit Union League. Class D represents League Presidents and are elected at-large nationally.

The above directors will join five additional Directors who were elected by acclamation in mid-December:

  • District 3, Class B: Brad Green, president/CEO, Listerhill CU Muscle Shoals, Ala., representing credit unions with at least 38,000 but not more than 141,000 members in the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee;
  • District 5, Class B: Stephanie Teubner, CEO, Blue FCU, Cheyenne, Wyo., representing credit unions with at least 38,000 but not more than 141,000 members in the following states: Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Utah and Wyoming;
  • District 6, Class A: Debie Keesee, president/CEO, Spokane Media FCU, Spokane, Wash., representing credit unions having less than 38,000 natural person members in the following states: Alaska, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, American Samoa, Guam, Johnston Atoll, Midway Atoll, Northern Mariana Islands, Palmyra Atoll and Wake Atoll; and
  • Class C: John Sackett, director, Royal CU, Eau Claire, Wis. and Scott Woods, president/CEO, South Carolina FCU, North Charleston, S.C., representing credit unions having more than 141,000 natural-person members. Class C Directors are elected at-large nationally.


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MWCUA credit unions offer assistance during government shutdown

Many member credit unions of the Mountain West Credit Union Association are offering assistance to those impacted by the government shutdown. Below is more information on these services provided by our member CUs. We encourage visiting each credit union’s website for more information.


Landings CU

Depending on the member’s individual circumstances, options may include:

  • Loan deferments and modifications through Extension with possible fees waived
  • Skip a payment
  • Assistance with credit protection/debt cancellation claims

Pinal County FCU

Pinal County Federal Credit Union is allowing our members to skip a payment, no fee, for up to three months, one month at a time.

First CU

Federal members (primary or joint) that had direct deposit in the past 60 days is eligible for a loan up-to $10,000 or the amount of their direct deposit at 0% for 90 days. We are prepared to offer this loan to a member for up-to 4 missed paychecks (max.$40,000).

Federal member (primary or joint) that have a loan are eligible for 30 day loan extensions (including 1st mortgages). We are prepared to offer this extension 2 consecutive months.


Arizona Federal Credit Union

Depending on the member’s individual circumstances, options may include:

  • Loan deferments and modification programs
  • Skip payments
  • Hardship loans with modified qualifications
  • Assistance with credit protection/debt cancellation claims



OneAZ is offering members who have been furloughed:

  • 1% APR
  • $2,500 Maximum Amount; exceptions approved by management
  • 60 Month term, Minimum Payment:  $20
  • 90 days first payment

TruWest CU

  1. Providing 0% loans for 60 days (no fees) in an amount up to their direct deposit for any member with established direct deposit who is a Federal worker and was impacted by the shutdown.  No payments are required for those 60 days.  Also, no credit qualification.  After 60 days the loan converts to 6% amortizing loan.  The loan has a 12 month term.
  • Note: We tried to make this simpler  – a 0% loan equal to their direct deposit each payday missed, repaid when they received backpay – but were prevented by CFPB predatory lending rules.
  1. Skip payment for any loan an impacted member has with us – fee free.



Blue Federal Credit Union  (CO/WY)

For our members who have been negatively impacted by the shutdown, Blue Federal Credit Union will provide a special loan, a penalty-free term share withdrawal, and/or a loan extension without charging a fee.

Canvas CU

Through the creation of their new Helping Hand Loan, a special signature loan designed to assist members who are caught in difficult situations such as the Shutdown, Canvas seeks to offer a silver lining to their members. The loan offers unique features to help those affected, such as no payments for 60 days and special lower interest rates.

Community Choice Credit Union

Offering a 0% loan equal to one month net pay for those impacted. With approved credit, 90-days no payment, 0% APR, no fees.

Credit Union of Denver

Providing payment deferrals, specific loans with first 30 days of 0% interest, and also waiving CD penalty fees if members need to cash in early.

Colorado CU

For current members and new members, we are offering a 90-day no-interest, no-payment loan equivalent to two months’ net pay. For current members, we are also offering payment modifications on existing loans to help ease the burden of monthly payments.

Elevations CU

Short-term interest-free loans to government workers affected by the shutdown to help with living expenses.

Ent CU

Ent has had a program in place for these furloughs dating back to 2011.  Currently, we are offering members affected by the shutdown a 90-day 0% interest single-pay loan up to their monthly payroll deposit with Ent (maximum loan amount $7,500).  For additional assistance on loan obligations with Ent, we will remind members of our skip-a-pay program or put them in contact with our Member Solutions Department for other assistance such as deferment options on eligible loans.


Ent began as a military credit union and we still actively serve a large number of military members in our community with service centers located on military bases and installations.



We are offering personal loans at 5.50%, for 90 days, with qualifying direct deposit.  We will also defer loan payments with no skip fees.  (We normally charge $20.00 to skip loan payments).  Visa payments are excluded and can’t be skipped.  Members should contact us if they have other requests/needs.

On Tap CU

Current qualified members can take advantage of:

  • 5-5-5 *
    • $5,000
    • 5% APR**
    • 5 years
    • No Payment for the First 60 Days
  • Loan extensions offered on existing loans for 60 days***


Power CU

  • Single pay personal loans at 0% for 90 days up to a maximum of two times the member’s monthly net salary not to exceed $7,500.  Direct deposit is required.
  • Workout arrangements/modifications
  • Free skip-a-pay
  • Early withdrawal fee waiver for certificates of deposit withdrawals up to $10,000


Premier Members CU

We are ready to assist existing and potential new members with a Fixed Rate Loan with no payments for 90 days and a term up to 24 months (up to a maximum of $10,000).  We will also assist members with any overdraft fees as well as the ability to withdraw a certificate without penalty.

Unsecured personal loan:

    • Up to 150% of the individual’s gross monthly income with the following terms up to $10,000
    • Up to 24 month term
    • Payment deferred for the first 90 days
    • Fixed loan at WSJ Prime (flat rate)
    • More than one loan can be requested for a total maximum amount up to $10,000
    • No origination fees

We are also extending a consumer loan payment deferment program to our existing members. The member will need to call or visit the branch to initiate deferment of payments on one loan for up to three months with no fees, excluding real estate.


Sunwest Educational CU

Allowing payment deferrals, specific loans with first 30 days of 0% interest, and also waiving CD penalty fees if members need to cash in early.

Yuma FCU

Offering a 0% loan for 60 days (single pay) up to one month’s pay for anyone affected by the shutdown.  We also offer loan extensions for existing loans and individualized financial services.



First Education FCU

Offering our impacted members:

  • Skip payments on all loans with us (up to 60 days)
  • Interest free personal loan for amount of net income (2 months)


Meridian Trust FCU

Assistance comes in the form of a variety of options. These include 0% loans; $75 deposited into members’ checking account for each missed payroll (two per month); assistance to members in paying their home heating bills; the waiving of early withdrawal fees on CDs for full or partial withdrawals of funds; the ability to skip loan payments; interest-only payments on loans; and other financial assistance.

For those who work for a government agency, and are looking for assistance, these individuals can stop into a Meridian Trust Federal Credit Union branch location, or call 1-800-726-5644. Meridian Trust has branches across the state of Wyoming along with a branch in Scottsbluff, Nebraska.


Sheridan Community FCU

Offering 0.00% interest loans and 90 loan extensions for government workers.


Pathfinder FCU

Offering loan payment extensions without any charges.  Additionally, we will allow a certificate distribution without penalty.  We’re also allowing 90 days no payment on new loans.

Reliant FCU

  • We offer extensions on loans – up to 3 months of skipping payments.
  • Offering a 90-day loan to compensate for missing income at 0% interest, up to $15k for anyone affected by the government shutdown.


Sunlight FCU

Sunlight Federal Credit Union recognizes that many of our members are currently without paychecks due to the government furlough. If you are one of those 800,000 Federal workers, please give your local Sunlight office a call. We will review each case and work with our members to find the best solutions. While there are multiple options available to you, the first step is to contact your local Sunlight office.

Yellowstone FCU

Offering our members loans of one month’s net pay, interest free and no payment for 90 days (unless the shutdown ends earlier) and skip payments on existing loans for 90 days

UniWyo FCU

With the current government shutdown, we understand times are hard. UniWyo is offering a variety of options to help those affected by the shutdown. Each story and situation is unique, please reach out to us to discuss options.

  • 0.00% APR* Loan options
  • No penalties for early withdrawals on current UniWyo Share Certificates
  • Skip your loan payment with no fee
  • Lower your monthly loan payment
*90 days up to one months pay
*APR (Annual Percentage Rate)
We have several options ranging from Closed-End Signature Loans, Open-End Lines of Credit — to Credit Cards, Home Equity and HELOCs, and even an Emergency Loan Program.

MWCUA, Wyoming credit unions host legislators

Last night, Jan. 10, MWCUA hosted its annual Legislative Reception commemorating the beginning of the legislative session in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Its an opportunity for us to represent our credit union members in Wyoming to their elected officials. Thank you to all our member CU representatives who came out and thank you to those elected officials who made time to visit with us, including new Governor Mark Gordon.

Matt Lubick Joins Canvas Credit Union Family

LONE TREE, CO (January 8, 2019) – Lone Tree, CO Canvas Credit Union announced today that Matt Lubick, former football coach, has joined their family as Director of University Relations. Lubick’s impressive coaching career started in 1995 at Colorado State University when he was the student assistant coach and academic supervisor under his father, Sonny Lubick. He also coached at Cal State-Northridge, San Jose State, Oregon State, Ole Miss, Duke, Oregon and most recently at Washington. He has been honored with several awards including being one of three finalists for the American Football Coaches Associations’ Assistant Coach of the Year in 2012 and, that same year, he was’s wide receivers coach of the year.

In April of 2018, Canvas Credit Union became the official credit union of Colorado State University and named Canvas Stadium. “The partnership presents an opportunity for our two organizations, who are aligned in values and share a passion for Colorado, to help Rams succeed both today and tomorrow,” said Canvas Credit Union President/CEO, Todd Marksberry. “This partnership ensures that Canvas will help the more than 33,000 CSU students, nearly 1,500 academic faculty, over 4,300 administrative staff along with the nearly 57,000 CSU alumni in the Denver metro area afford life and simultaneously create positive change for our entire membership. Signing the agreement was just the beginning. Matt’s leadership on our team will help us as we work to activate this relationship. We couldn’t be more excited. As I always say, ‘the best is yet to come.’”

“I’ve admired Canvas for years. As I explored my next chapter, it was extremely important to find an opportunity where I could make a positive difference not only for an organization, but for human beings. Canvas’ purpose of ‘helping people afford life’ resonates with me. As a CSU alum, I can’t wait to be in Colorado engaging with CSU faculty, staff and alumni,” said Matt Lubick.

“Canvas has a vision to be known for our people and our heart. Credit unions face a war for talent. We have the potential to create such positive change. Matt joining the Canvas family demonstrates the power of our purpose and vision,” said Tansley Stearns, Chief People & Strategy Officer.

Matt Lubick will office on the CSU campus starting in February. Sonny Lubick, Matt’s father is also a member of the Canvas family as the Vice President of Community Outreach.

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Canvas Credit Union has been safe, secure, and insured for the past 80 years. Today, Canvas holds assets in excess of $2.4 billion and has more than 250,000 members. Canvas provides a full array of financial products and services, including savings, checking, loans, mortgages, and online and mobile banking options. Members can access their accounts and conduct transactions at Canvas’ 26 branches, and at over 200 shared branch locations throughout Colorado. In addition, through the credit union’s partnership with the CO-OP network, members have surcharge-free access to more than 30,000 ATMs across the country.


Contact Information

Media Contact: Tansley Stearns, Chief People & Strategy Officer
Company Name: Canvas Credit Union
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Arizona, Colorado and Wyoming swear in Governors

MWCUA offers its congratulations to the Governors of our region’s states. We look forward to working with you to further the interests of the 2.8 million credit union members in our region.

(Photo: Tom Tingle/The Republic) Arizona’s inaugural ceremony for Governor Doug Ducey.

Jared Polis being sworn in as Colorado’s 43rd Governor. photo: CBS Denver

Mark Gordon after being sworn in as Wyoming’s Governor. Photo: Wyoming News

Debbie Chandler recognized as an NACD Board Leadership Fellow

NACD Fellows Demonstrate Their Commitment to the Highest Level of Leadership in the Boardroom

Colorado Springs, Colo. (Jan. 7, 2019) – Ent Credit Union has announced that the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) recently recognized Debbie Chandler, Ent Board Member and CEO of Matthews Vu Medical Group, as an NACD Board Leadership Fellow. NACD Fellows, who earn NACD Fellowship—The Gold Standard Director Credential®— stand within the highest echelon of those committed to excellence in the boardroom.

As the highest standard of credentialing for directors and governance professionals, NACD Fellowship is a comprehensive and continuous program of study that empowers Fellows with the latest insights, intelligence, and leading boardroom practices—year after year.

“I am honored to join the distinguished and diverse group of individuals who make up the NACD Fellow community and who are committed to advancing the highest standards of boardroom excellence,” said Chandler. “The resources, insights and connections I’ve made through NACD Fellowship will be key assets to the companies I serve, as well as to my professional growth as a director.”

Chandler brings more than 28 years of experience in healthcare management and administration to her current position as CEO of Matthew’s Vu Medical Group, including previous roles as President and CEO of UCHealth Medical Group and CEO of Colorado Springs Health Partners, P.C., (CSHP). In addition to her accomplished career as a healthcare chief executive, Chandler is an active community champion in the Pikes Peak Region. Chandler is the incoming Chair of the Colorado Springs Health Foundation, Colorado Women’s Foundation trustee and a member of the boards of directors for both the Peak Vista Foundation and Ent Credit Union.

About NACD Board Leadership Fellows

Representing hundreds of today’s largest and most-diverse corporations in the world, NACD Fellows serve on boards of NASDAQ OMX- and NYSE-listed companies such as Baker Hughes Inc., Citigroup Inc., DuPont, Foot Locker Inc., IBM, Lockheed Martin Corp., Microsoft Corp., Nordstrom Inc., Pinnacle Entertainment, SpartanNash Co., UnitedHealth Group Inc. and more.

NACD Fellows provide a snapshot of the caliber of directors engaged in continuous learning with NACD—the recognized authority on leading boardroom practices that more than 17,000 directors rely on to lead with confidence.

To learn more about NACD Fellowship, visit

About Ent Credit Union

Founded in 1957, Ent Credit Union is a different kind of financial institution, committed to improving members’ financial quality of life and returning value through better rates, lower fees and Ent Extras® cash rewards. Colorado’s leading credit union, Ent has more than $5.4 billion in assets, more than 330,000 members and more than 30 convenient service center locations along the Front Range. In 2018, Forbes’ inaugural “Best-In-State Credit Unions” survey ranked Ent #1 in the state of Colorado. As a not-for-profit, community-chartered credit union, Ent’s membership is open to businesses and individuals who live, work, worship or attend school in Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas, El Paso, Elbert, Fremont, Jefferson, Larimer, Pueblo, Teller and Weld counties. Ent is an Equal Housing and Equal Opportunity Lender, federally insured by the NCUA.


Media Contact:

Victoria Selfridge

Vice President, New Markets & Strategy
(719) 550-6894


GILBERT, AZ (January 7, 2019) – Vantage West Credit Union will hold a grand opening celebration at its brand new Cooper Square (Gilbert) financial center at 1671 S. Cooper Rd. This is the first of a planned ten new locations by 2022.

The public is invited to join the Vantage West team, the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce and invited guests for a 9:45 am ribbon cutting and other activities, including the opportunity to:

– Spin the Prize wheel

– Score exclusive offers available only at Cooper Square location

– Take a picture in front of the “Gilbert at Night” mural

Vantage West’s expansion in Phoenix delivers convenience and ease of access to the more than 40,000 existing Members already in the Phoenix-area and offers the opportunity for a new Vantage West experience. The expansion aligns with the credit union’s vision for thriving Members and communities through market growth and fulfills its mission to “Ignite collaborative relationships with Members and the communities it serves, so all can thrive together.”

About Vantage West Credit Union

Vantage West is the largest credit union in southern Arizona. It was established in 1955 to serve airmen at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. Since then the credit union has expanded to serve Members in Pima, Pinal, Maricopa and Cochise counties. Vantage West offers consumer and business banking services, and is federally insured by NCUA. Special offers subject to approval.



Jill Casey 520-917-6751