Gary Plank (WYCUP) and Development Educator World Council Scholarship


This annual scholarship is named in honor of the retired Arizona League President Gary Plank, who once served as the Chair of the World Council of Credit Unions. This year the program will provide 10 $5,00 scholarships for young professionals and directors (age 40 or younger) and five development educators (no age requirement) to attend the World Credit Union Conference offered by the World Council of Credit Unions. The World Council Meeting will be held virtually starting on July 14th-21st, 2021. Don’t miss this opportunity to apply now! Deadline for application extended to Friday, April 22, 2021.

Meet the 2019 Gary Plank Scholars

Kari Clay
First Credit Union

Kari Clay is the Marketing Manager at First Credit Union in Chandler Arizona and has earned the Credit Union Certified Marketing Executive designation. Kari has both graphic design experience and is a key contributor to the credit union’s branding efforts. In 2015 Kari facilitated the first Mad City Money event, a financial simulation designed to help local youth become better money managers. Kari is a mother of two young children, and she volunteers at the Phoenix Rescue Mission.

Manual Garcia
Arizona Federal Credit Union

Manual Garcia is a Membership Specialist at Arizona Federal Credit Union. Manual works every day to assist members with their financial well-being and is a member of Arizona Federal Credit Union’s Young Professional and Hispanic groups. He also volunteers at St. Mary’s Food Bank and the 100 Club--assisting police officers, firefighters and other first responders.

Jake Hutchins
Landings Credit Union

Jake Hutchins is AVP/Branch Manager at Landings Credit Union where he oversees the day to day operations of two branches including the credit union’s student run branch. He also works in business and community development. Jake was a 2019 GAC Crasher and is active with the Arizona Youth Involvement Network and teaches financial education at local high schools and non-profits.

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