Gary Plank (WYCUP) and Development Educator World Council Scholarship

Annual Gary Plank Scholarship Program

This scholarship is named in honor of retired Arizona League President, Gary Plank. Each year the Gary Plank Scholarship Program provides three $5,000 scholarships for young credit union professionals and volunteers (35 and younger) to attend the World Credit Union Conference sponsored by the World Council of Credit Unions.

In 2017, the World Council will be holding its international meeting in Vienna Austria, at  the Austria Center Vienna, on July 23-26.  The Foundation and the Center for Credit Union Leadership will award 4 scholarships, 3 scholarships will be awarded to young professionals and 1 will be awarded to a Development Educator. This remarkable event provides young professionals and volunteers with a unique perspective of the international credit union movement through networking, breakout, and many other sessions and events.

2017 Gary Plank Scholarship is NOW OPEN!

To be considered for a Gary Plank scholarship, one must be 35 or younger on January 1, 2017, an active credit union employee or volunteer with a credit union organization affiliated with the international credit union system, demonstrate personal commitment and influence in credit union development, and demonstrate potential for further influence in the credit union movement. Click here for Gary Plank Scholarship Form Application Deadline: April 28, 2017

2017 Gary Plank Development Educator Scholarship is NOW OPEN!

Again, this year the Foundation will award one Development Educator a $5,000 scholarship to attend the 2017 World Council Meeting in Vienna Austria July 23-26.  Unlike the Gary Plank Program, this scholarship is open to Development Educators of any age and will provide many of the same opportunities.  Click here for the DE Scholarship Form Application Deadline: April 28, 2017


The 2016 Gary Plank Scholars are:

Mia Martell Pyramid

Mia Martell is trainer at Pyramid Federal Credit Union in Tucson Arizona. In her role she creates hands-on training experiences at all levels of the credit union.  Mia work as a community volunteer includes awareness walks, community application day, and Children’s Miracle Network.  She has also found great satisfaction as a volunteer at the community food bank.  According to her CEO, Ray Lancaster, Mia really embraces the credit union philosophy.


Christina Morales is a marketing and graphic design professional at Space Age Credit Union in Aurora Colorado. She designs graphics for print and website and marketing promotions.  According to her CEO, John Uchida, Christina’s effort and enthusiasm is one of the things that make her an excellent candidate for the Gary Plank Scholarship.


Scott Sager Torna

Scott Sager is responsible for accounting, compliance, fraud prevention and key vendor relationships at Trona Valley Community Credit Union in Green River Wyoming. In his role he coordinates with management to prepare budgets, improve and maintain the ERM program and guide risk based decisions.  He serves on the MWYCUP steering committee, serves on the board of AdvisX, and volunteers on the Economic Restructuring Committee for the City of Rock Springs.  According to his CEO, Jeremy Gibson, Scott has a genuine passion for promoting credit unions and a community leadership.


This year’s DE Scholarship as been awarded to:


Kara Kirschner oversees all the training initiatives and program development at First Credit Union in Chandler Arizona. In her role she works closely with auditors to ensure compliance and strategizes with branch managers to assess educational needs.  Kara has worked with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, was an advisory board member and speaker for the CUNA Experience Learning Live conference, and worked with the Arizona Youth Involvement network.  According to her CEO, Jay Curtis, Kara applies the mission of the Development Educator to everything she touches.