Award & Recognition Opportunities

Mississippi Credit Union Hall of Fame
The Mississippi Credit Union Hall of Fame recognizes the commitment, leadership and dedication that deserving individuals have made to the credit union movement.  Tenure of service, contributions, achievements and the impact the individual has made not only at their respective credit union(s), but also in the industry, are among the considerations.  The inductee(s) for the current year receive special recognition at our Annual Meeting & Convention, which is held in May of each year.  Hall of Fame nominations can be submitted at any time, but are due no later than April 1st in the current year for current year induction consideration. 

Advocacy Award Program
Recognizes credit unions & individuals that participate in advocacy initiatives structured in defense of the credit union movement. Simply complete 3 or more advocacy initiatives in a calendar year for recognition.  Learn more about the Advocacy Awards here

National Credit Union Recognition Award Programs
The Mississippi Credit Union Association and the Credit Union National Association are pleased to sponsor recognition programs for credit unions:  the Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Community Service Award Program, and the Louise Herring Philosophy-in-Action Member Service Award & the Desjardins Financial Education Awards.  Please note:

  • Award entries are due to MSCUA no later than August 1st of the current year for state-level competition judging.
  • Entries should be mailed to 1400 Lakeover Road, Ste. 200, Jackson, MS 39213-8000.
  • A suggested timeframe for the activities covered in your entry is from May of the previous year to May of the current year. (May - May)
  • When compiling your entry, please keep in mind that judges look for only the most "extraordinary projects with well-defined, measurable goals" to recognize.  Read the "Message from CUNA's Award Committee" below for more tips on preparing a good entry.
  • If you'd like to get a feel for award winning activities in your credit union's asset category, click here then click on the "2013 Dora Maxwell/Louise Herring Award Winner Summaries" link to read about last year's winners.

National Award Programs & Entry Forms:

  • Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Community Service Award recognizes model credit union efforts to strengthen local institutions and materially improve the lives of nonmembers through community outreach programs (other than personal finance education): Maxwell Entry Forms & Information 
  • Louise Herring Philosophy in Action Member Service Award recognizes model credit union efforts to materially improve members’ lives through programs (other than personal finance education): Herring Award Entry Forms & Information
  • Desjardins Youth Financial Education Award & Adult Financial Education Award recognizes model credit union financial education efforts: Desjardins Entry Forms & Information

Additional Details about the National Award Program:

A message from CUNA's Award Committee:

As members of CUNA’s Awards Committee, we thought it might be helpful for you to know how we evaluate the entries that CUNA receives each year for the Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Recognition Award and the Louise Herring Award for Philosophy in Action.

First of all, we would like to congratulate you on your commitment to your community and to your members.  You can be very proud of the efforts you and your staff have expended.

As we conclude our judging session each year, we take the time to discuss the entries received and share our overall impressions.  The general consensus among the judges is we all look for those undertakings that are unique.  Fund-raising and supporting national charities are worthy projects but are not as easy to distinguish from other credit unions’ projects.  Because focusing on one extraordinary project with well-defined, measurable goals makes the judging and scoring more equitable, we are requiring that you compile your entry with this criteria in mind.

Each of us judge an average of 55 entries, and our job is made easier if the program entry form is filled out completely in the original format, typed, and placed at the front of your entry.  Strengthen the information in your submissions by stating specific goals, expected outcomes, and your ultimate achievements.  Attention to detail counts.

Lastly, volume is not an element we consider important – more is not necessarily better.  The supplemental information provided should be essential to the success of your project.  T-shirts, buttons, expense vouchers, and videos are interesting but don’t have much impact on our scoring based on the criteria for these projects.  Please see the Secrets of a Winning Entry document for what the judges look for in a winning entry.

Again, we would like to congratulate each of you on carrying on the credit union philosophy of “people helping people.”  We look forward each year to reviewing and judging your entries, and we remain impressed with the many unique approaches you document.

Keys to a Successful Award Entry

  • Make your project a unique undertaking
  • Explain specific goals  (who, what, where, when and how)
  • Define measurable outcomes – what will you accomplish to consider the project successful
  • Report final result – how did you do compared to projections
  • Complete entry form in its entirety
  • Provide relevant supplemental information

CUNA's Awards Committee